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Hutchison pitches Blue Jays past White Sox 5-0

TORONTO (AP) Drew Hutchison pitched a four-hitter, Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Monday night. Hutchison (4-1) allowed four singles, walked none and struck out eight while throwing just 96 pitches in his second career shutout. The other came at Texas on May 16, 2014. Smoak hit a two-run homer in the first and...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time To Pull The Plug On The Dustin Ackley Experiment

Within the last decade plus, the Seattle Mariners upper management has displayed a unique sense of loyalty to young players with big potential upside that never seem to develop as desired. We recently saw this with Justin Smoak. Smoak was the slugging switch-hitter who’s big fat bat was good enough to waste another half season of peak Cliff Lee. We all know Smoak never panned out...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis and Smoak homer, Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-2

TORONTO (AP) Rookie Devon Travis got three hits, including a go-ahead home run that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday night. Justin Smoak also connected for the Blue Jays, who have 21 homers this season. The Yankees began the day leading the majors with 20. Aaron Sanchez (1-2) overcame seven walks in 5 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays posted back...
Via AP on Fox
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees game 2: Gift eighth rewards first win

Toronto Blue Jays 3 — New York Yankees 4 The Yankees benefited from a poor bullpen outing in tonight’s win. Michael Pineda made his first start of the season and through the first two innings, he was dominant. A weak single started the third inning. Justin Smoak would follow with a double and Devon Travis would put the Blue Jays on the board first with a run-scoring single. Pineda...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Smoak, Blue Jays rough up Oberholtzer and the Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Danny Valencia, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak homered in the first two innings off Brett Olberholtzer, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-4 Monday night. Oberholtzer, pitching for the first time since straining a lat muscle on March 10, gave up five hits and five runs in 3 1-3 innings. George Springer robbed Colabello of a second home run off...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays allow long homers to Justin Smoak, fall to Blue Jays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of long home runs -- one that landed atop the Rays' office building beyond the right field wall -- Daniel Norris struck out five in 5 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Friday. Smoak, who entered the game batting .077 in 11 exhibition games, connected off starter Burch Smith in the third for a...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Smoak homers twice, Blue Jays rout Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Justin Smoak hit a pair of long home runs - one that landed atop the Rays' office building beyond the right field wall - Daniel Norris struck out five in 5 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Friday. Smoak, who entered the game batting .077 in 11 exhibition games, connected off starter Burch Smith in the third for a two...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Off The Beaten (Base)Path — Hitter’s Edition

View image | gettyimages.com I don’t even know what a ‘Sleeper’ is any more. I do know that it’s an overused term in our game and one that’s really hard to define. With so many different league sizes and scoring formats, it’s hard to classify any player as an under the radar ‘sleeper’. Mixed league, AL/NL only, 10-team 5×5, 20-team 6×6, points leagues…on and...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays Need Maicer Izturis To Be Useful

The Blue Jays have new players up and down their lineup — Russell Martin, Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders, Devon Travis, etc. Dalton Pompey basically qualifies here as well. But one incumbent player may end up being just as, if not more, important than all of the new acquisitions — middle infielder Maicer Izturis. […]
Via Fangraphs
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, with the signing of a hometown hero and what looks to be a wily trade by...
Via Bloguin Best
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, with the signing of a hometown hero and what looks to be a wily trade by...
Via The Outside Corner
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Miners, an MVP, and a World Series worthy manager

Sussex gets a name The newest Can-Am league team, looking to begin play in May of 2015, has officially been named. Welcome the Sussex County Miners. According to the Can-Am Leaguewebsite, The Miners will play their first game at Sussex County Stadium on Memorial Day. Jays sign 2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello It's not the biggest deal the Toronto Blue Jays have ever completed, but the...
Via The GM's Perspective
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Justin Smoak

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent first baseman Justin Smoak have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Smoak batted .202 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Toronto claimed him on waivers on Oct. 28 and declined his $3.65 million option on Nov. 1. The deal comes Wednesday, a day after Toronto declined to offer Smoak...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Busy Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak, Trade For Michael Saunders

The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year, $1 million deal, and sent lefty J.A. Happ to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, The Blue Jays claimed the 27-year-old Smoak in October, but non-tendered him on Tuesday to avoid paying him approximately $3 million in arbitration. Smoak played in 80 games last season for...
Via Baseball News Source
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak To 1-Year Deal

Less than one day after the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered Justin Smoak and others, they signed Smoak to a 1-year $1 million contract. The 27-year-old played with the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2014 but was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. The club has confirmed the signing on their official Twitter page: The @BlueJays have signed 1B JUSTIN SMOAK to a one year contract worth...
Via Baseball Essential
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Shouldn't Get 'Smoaked' By Prospects

Where There's 'Smoak', There Could Be A Fire Sale (AP Photo)A few short years ago, INF Justin Smoak was a "Top 15" prospect poised to man 1B for the Texas Rangers for years to come. Then, he got traded to Seattle for Cliff Lee. Yesterday, his new team—the Toronto Blue Jays—non-tendered him and let him walk. This, after they declined his 2015 option in November. Oh, how the mighty...
Via FenwayNation
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers avoid arbitration with Darwin Barney, Blue Jays non-tender Justin Smoak

Getty Images The Dodgers and infielder Darwin Barney have avoided arbitration agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.525 million. Acquired from the Cubs at the trade deadline, Barney can be a useful middle of the infield piece. He won a Gold Glove in 2012. The 29-year-old should have no trouble finding the field for the Dodgers in 2015 but his bat offers little. He hit just .241/...
Via Tireball.com
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

10 best available 2015 MLB non-tenders

MLB’s deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players and those who have yet to reach arbitration eligibility passed at midnight ET Tuesday night. Those who didn’t receive offers from their respective teams are now free agents, available to sign with any team. (Here is a complete list of the 2015 non-tenders, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors.) Obviously, each...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jays let Dirks, Mayberry Jr and Smoak go free

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays declined to offer contracts to outfielders Andy Dirks and John Mayberry Jr., and first baseman Justin Smoak before Tuesday's midnight deadline, making them free agents. Dirks was claimed off waivers from Detroit on Oct. 31, three days after Smoak was claimed from Seattle. On Nov. 1, Toronto declined Smoak's $3.65 million option. Dirks missed the 2014 season...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Part Ways With Justin Smoak – Is Saunders Next?

Slugging First Baseman Now A Jay In a move that one had to figure was coming sooner or later the Seattle Mariners finally made a decision about their problems at first base this week.  Justin Smoak was placed on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. What it means, at least for now, is that the Mariners are going to go with Logan Morrison at first.  I say “for now”...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Jays claim first baseman Justin Smoak on waivers from Mariners

  The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday. The 27-year-old Smoak appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, batting.202 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. The former first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2008 has spent parts five seasons in the majors, recording a .224 average with 74 home runs in 566 games.
Via AP on Fox
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Justin Smoak claimed off waivers from Mariners

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers. #455980218 / gettyimages.com #BlueJays have claimed 1B/DH Justin Smoak from the #Mariners.— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) October 28, 2014At one point Smoak was widely viewed as a top 20 prospect in the game, but the former first round draft pick of the Texas Rangers has never...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Claim Justin Smoak Off Waivers

The Seattle Mariners have announced that first baseman Justin Smoak has been claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, ending his disappointing stint with the Mariners. Smoak, 27, at one time was considered the best hitting prospect in the game and the centerpiece in the 2010 trade that sent Cliff Lee from Seattle to the Texas Rangers. Ever since that trade, it has been a...
Via Baseball Essential
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays claim 1B Justin Smoak

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday. The 27-year-old Smoak appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, batting.202 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. The former first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2008 has spent parts five seasons in the majors, recording a .224 average with 74 home runs in 566 games.
Via AP on Fox
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays claim Justin Smoak off waviers

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Smoke, 27, is coming off a season in which he hit just .202/.275/.339 in 80 games. Long on potential and short on results, the Blue Jays will hope yet another change of scenery gets things going for Smoak. The acquisition of Smoak who has a $3.65 million option for the 2015 season...
Via Tireball.com
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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