1B - FA
Justin Smoak is finalizing a deal with the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league that "will guarantee him somewhere in the $6-7 million" range, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Smoak had a rough 2020 season, posting a .176/.250/.361 batting line with five home runs and 15 RBI across 119 at-bats between the Brewers and the San Francisco Giants. It's not a bad deal with the 34-year-old who head to Japan to try and rejuvenate his career.
The Giants designated Justin Smoak for assignment.
Smoak signed with the Giants after being released by the Brewers but went just 0-for-6 in his brief stay in the Bay Area. Alex Dickerson was activated from the paternity list in a corresponding move.
Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that The Giants signed 1B Justin Smoak on Wednesday.
Smoak was released by the Brewers on Sunday, but ultimately lands with the Giants. The 33-year-old will most likely start at the alternate site as he works his way onto the main roster. Smoak is slashing .186/.262/.381 across 126 plate appearances for the Brewers on 2020.
The Brewers have released 1B Justin Smoak.
Smoak was designated for assignment on Thursday and was eventually released by the Brewers. He will become a free agent after clearing waivers. Smoak slashed .186/.262/.381 across 126 plate appearances for the Brewers in 2020. The 33-year-old will look to latch onto another team before the 2020 season is over.
The Brewers designated first baseman Justin Smoak for assignment on Thursday, according to a report from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal. In a corresponding move, they claimed Daniel Vogelbach off waivers.
In 33 games this season, Smoak is batting .186 with 14 runs scored, five home runs, 15 RBI, and no stolen bases. Given that he is under contract for $5.5 million in 2021, he is unlikely to be claimed.