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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
7 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Browsing the non-tender bargain bin

The non-tenders have been announced! It is that wonderful time of year in which all of baseball suddenly turns into an American Picker, sorting through the unwanted droppings of the rest of the league in search of some turd that they can polish into something shiny and pretty. Every fan base thinks their team can do this. Few teams actually can, but that doesn’t deter us all from...
Via Monkey with a Halo
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  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 Bloguin Best
19 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  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

Mariners Rumors: Justin Smoak likely to be nontendered

The Seattle Mariners head into the 2014 off season after compiling a record of 87-75, third in the American League West. The Mariners were lead by an excellent pitching staff that was second in the Major Leagues in ERA. The offense was a mediocre 18th in the league in runs scored and need a boost for next season. With many questions to be answered with the roster, it appears outfielder...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners, In Heartbreaking Fashion, Miss the Playoffs

The Seattle Mariners’ 2014 season is a wrap. It took 162 games to eliminate the Mariners from post-season for the 13th consecutive year. They did everything they could to push the Oakland Athletics to a one-game playoff for the second wild card spot. Unfortunately for the Mariners, they needed help from the Texas Rangers and that didn’t happen. The A’s knocked off the Rangers...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Touch Decisions For McClendon Should M’s Make Postseason

Who’s Your 25? With just over a week to go in the regular season it is time to start thinking about something that Seattle Mariner’s fans have not had to think about for quite a long time. Who should the Seattle Mariners put on their post season roster? A post season birth is a great thing and it would be a huge thing for the Mariners and their fans to once again get a taste...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco Brings A Bullpen Ace To The Rotation

For years, people have been writing “nothing good ever comes out of Cliff Lee trades” articles. I’m sure somewhere along the line, I wrote one too, and that’s mostly because, well, nothing really had. Justin Smoak was probably the best player to come out of any of those deals, and he isn’t any good. Jason […]
Via Fangraphs
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Gets Called Up In September For The Seattle Mariners?

Phones In Tacoma Soon To Be Ringing The playoff chase is on and help could be just 30 miles or so south for the Seattle Mariners. The AAA Tacoma Rainiers are full of players to choose from, some deserving a look and others not so much.  MLB rules allow the Mariners to call up as many as 15 addition players for a total of 40 for the final month of the season. Will the M’s call...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Gotta Know When To Fold ‘Em

Earlier today, Corey Brock posted a piece over at Padres.com highlighting some players who may benefit from a late surge in 2014. While Tommy Medica seems destined to maintain at least a bench role, and Everth Cabrera might well see himself given another shot beyond 2014, it’s probably time to give Yonder Alonso a thank you, hand shake, and a pen set as a parting gift. Over...
Via Padres Public
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

M’s Skipper Lloyd McClendon mid-season report card

How Has The Skip Performed? Sometimes I think the media forgets that it’s not 100% about the players.  Coaches and managers definitely play a role in how their teams perform. There is no exception for the Seattle Mariners newly anointed Skipper, Lloyd McClendon either. I think it’s time we pay some attention to the skipper, the moves he’s made and the other decisions that...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #96: Reverse course – Mariners 3, Angels 2

The Angels and Mariners must be trying to make up for all that lost time over the break, playing the equivalent of three-plus games in the course of two nights. Anaheim was nice enough to let Seattle win 3-2 in extras this time though. Run Expectancy Rundown Someone really needs to tell the Angel bats that the break is over. They still seem to be on vacation. Howie Kendrick was...
Via Monkey with a Halo
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays of the first half

We’ve reached the unofficial midway point of the 2014 MLB season, and we’ve seen some memorable plays this year. We figured that instead of just reliving the best defense from this weekend, it would be better if we relived the best defense from the entire first half. There hasn’t really been that one iconic catch yet this year, but we’ve still seen a lot of plays that have...
Via The Outside Corner
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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