The Giants have designated first baseman Justin Smoak for assignment, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to report. They reinstated outfielder Alex Dickerson from the paternity list in a corresponding move.
This is the second time this month a team has cut Smoak, whom the Brewers designated Sept. 3 and then released five days later. Milwaukee signed Smoak, a three-time 20-home run hitter, to a $5 million guarantee last offseason off a so-so campaign with the Blue Jays. However, the switch-hitting 33-year-old slashed only .186/.262/.381 with five homers in 126 plate appearances before the Brewers cut ties with him.
Smoak may have been worth a low-risk shot for San Francisco, but he also couldn’t get back on track with the Giants, albeit over a small sample size of plate appearances. He wound up taking six trips to the plate and going without a hit as a Giant.