Justin Smoak, Giants agree to deal

The San Francisco Giants have signed first baseman Justin Smoak, for what would be the remainder of the season. It is a minor league deal, and was added to the 60 player pool. Smoak was released by the Brewers yesterday after hitting just .186 with 5 homers and 15 RBIs in 33 games. He came to the Brewers over the winter in 2019 and before that was with the Toronto Blue Jays for 5 seasons hitting .226 with 66 home runs and drove in 200 RBIs totaling 74 doubles as well. The switch hitter was an All Star in his 2017 season after hitting 38 home runs and drove in 90 runs while compiling a .270 batting average.

The former University of South Carolina alum was with the Rangers for a season before calling Toronto home. He hit just .209 with 34 RBIs and 8 homers in his lone season while with the Rangers. Smoak was traded to the Mariners for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe, he went to Seattle with Matt Lawson, Blake Beaven and Josh Lueke.

Smoak was first drafted by the A's in the 16th round of the 2005 June amateur draft by the Oakland A's but didn't sign. He went back to school and then signed with Texas when they drafted him in the 1st round of the 2008 June amateur draft.

Overall, the 33 year old has 196 career home runs with a .229 average while totaling 570 RBIs and a .996% fielding percentage. The first baseman/designated hitter has committed just 39 errors in 11 season with 8972 putouts.

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