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17 Justin Smoak 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 12/5/1986 | Birthplace: Goose Creek, SC | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Seattle | College: South Carolina | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $495,100 | Owned/Started%: 42/18 | Average Draft Position: 259.66
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Justin Smoak goes hitless vs. A's Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his team's 6-4 win over the A's Friday.

Smoak began the season on fire, going 6 for 13 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in his team's first three games. It's been downhill from there, as the first baseman has just three hits in 21 at-bats over his last six games, dropping his season line to .265/.359/.529 in 34 total at-bats.


Settle down on Justin Smoak


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/2/2014) I believe it was last year when some user commented somewhere on the website that CBS stands for Constantly Backing Smoak. At least for right now, I refuse to be part of the problem.

Once upon a time, Justin Smoak was a top prospect getting traded for Cliff Lee, and at age 27, he's not beyond fulfilling that potential. He's really not. I willfully acknowledge it, just like I did last year and the year before and the year before and ... well, you get the idea.

What makes this year so different from those others? Just the fact that he homered and doubled twice in his first two games? Guess what? He had a two-game stretch when he homered and doubled twice last year as well, not to mention four three-game stretches when he homered twice and doubled once. Where did those get him? 

For playing in the heavy-hitting Cactus League, he didn't have an especially strong spring. His .292 batting average and .891 OPS were nothing compared to his .407 batting average and 1.252 OPS there last year. And other than Robinson Cano "having a positive influence on him," I haven't heard of any external changes that might cause me to expect a different result -- you know, something like Domonic Brown changing his stance last spring.

Again, I'm not ruling out a breakout season for Smoak because I don't rule out much of anything this time of year, but if I really needed help at first base -- and I probably don't -- I'd look to someone like Adam LaRoche first. He has a much clearer case for improvement coming off an injury-plagued season and hit a long home run Monday.


Justin Smoak continues raking in Tuesday triumph


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Justin Smoak is smoking. The Mariners first baseman, who is coming off a fine spring as he continues to turn potential into production, slugged two more hits Tuesday night to maintain his .500 batting average to start the regular season.

He slammed a three-run double in the third inning to give his team the lead to stay in a second straight defeat of the Angels. He had already singled in the second.

Smoak has three extra-base hits in eight at-bats and leads the American League in RBI with six.


Justin Smoak follows up strong spring with HR in opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning during Monday's season opener against the Angels, helping Seattle to a 10-3 win. Smoak also had his first double in the game, while finishing 2 for 4 with one walk and three runs.

Smoak didn't get his first home run last season until his 23rd game. Monday's performance followed up a strong spring from Smoak, who hit .292 with a .523 slugging percentage, .891 OPS, three home runs, six doubles and 10 RBI in 23 spring games.


Justin Smoak locks up starting role at first base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak has locked up the starting job at the position, MLB.com reports.

"I said this winter that Smoak is my first baseman," manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday. "Will other guys play first? Yeah. But Smoak is my first baseman."

Smoak entered play Monday 6 for 19 at the plate with one home run, three RBI and five walks, giving him a .318/.458/.579 line through eight Cactus League games.


Justin Smoak told first base is his job to lose


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak has been told first base is his job to lose, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Smoak surprised some reporters a few weeks ago when he made a similar statement. The club brought in both Logan Morrison and Corey Hart during the offseason, leaving some to wonder where Smoak would play.

Manager Lloyd McClendon put those concerns to rest, telling reporters he told Smoak he's the starter right now. McClendon has been impressed with what Smoak has shown in camp. "He’s come here in great shape, and he’s making the (necessary) adjustments at the plate," McCelndon said. "His BP is a lot crisper now. He’s taking BP with a purpose…We might have something."


Justin Smoak says first base is his to lose


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak said he feels first base is his job to lose, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

The team brought in both Corey Hart and Logan Morrison in the offseason, but Smoak isn't threatened. "I feel like it’s somewhat my job to lose," he said. "It’s always good to have more bats."

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he expects Smoak to see time at first and designated hitter. He added that players can earn more playing time based on how well they are playing. "You go out and go three for four, hit a home run and drive in four runs…somehow, your name is in the lineup the next day," McClendon explained. "Your performance will dictate what the lineup is.”

Smoak hit .238/.334/.412 in 454 at-bats last year.


Justin Smoak reaches agreement with Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) Disappointing first baseman Justin Smoak has agreed to a deal with the Mariners for 2014 with a club option for 2015, per the Seattle Times. It has been reported that his salary this season will be $2.63 million.

Smoak batted just .238 with 20 home runs and 50 RBI last year. Newcomers Corey Hart and Logan Morrison could cut into his playing time this season, though both are also options in right field and designated hitter.


Pirates could look to trade for first baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) There is mutual interest between the Pirates and free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to The Boston Globe. But while the Pirates would like to add Morales for the right contract, they could still pursue a first baseman via a trade.

The trade options could include Mets first baseman Ike Davis, Adam Lind of the Blue Jays, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak of the Mariners, and the Red Sox's Daniel Nava and Mike Carp.


Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero both available


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) Though Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has said he still plans to have Justin Smoak start at first base even following the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, USA Today reports the Mariners have let teams know both Smoak and catcher Jesus Montero are available.

Justin Smoak looked like he was having a breakout season in 2013, hitting .273 with an .821 OPS as late as Aug. 16, but he hit just .152 with a .562 OPS the rest of the way. After another failed attempt to secure the starting catcher job, Montero was sent to the minors to learn first base before getting hit with a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic. He also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.


Justin Smoak still penciled in as starting first baseman


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Despite acquiring two players with experience at first base Wednesday, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that Justin Smoak remains the team's starter at first base, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

If Smoak sticks as the first baseman, new acquisitions Corey Hart and Logan Morrison would be ticketed for roles in the outfield. Smoak hit .238/.334/.412 with 20 home runs and 50 RBI in 454 at-bats last season.


Justin Smoak hits 18th home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak hit his 18th home run in Sunday's win over Anaheim.

Smoak finished 1 for 4 with the two-run blast and a strikeout. Smoak has looked closer to a legitmate major league option this year, but he's still hitting just .240/.33/.407 in 437 at-bats.


Justin Smoak homers in 8-0 win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak homered Wednesday during an 8-0 win at Detroit. Smoak took Justin Verlander deep for a solo shot with two outs in the sixth inning, his 17th HR of the year.

Smoak finished the game going 2 for 3 with a walk. He added a single and had two RBI on the night. He also scored three runs and is batting .248.

The 26-year-old Smoak has gone 4 for 11 over his last three games with three RBI. He is up to 43 runs batted in on the year for the Mariners.

Justin Smoak back with two hits


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak returned from a three-game absence due to tight quadriceps on Monday during a loss at Detroit. 

Smoak went 2 for 4 in the return with his 41st RBI. He singled for both hits and is batting .247 for the year. 

Smoak had not recorded a hit in his previous five games and was 0 for 16 over that stretch before busting that slump Monday. 


Justin Smoak in lineup as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) As manager Eric Wedge suggested Sunday, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was back in the lineup Monday at Detroit after missing three games with a tight quadriceps. Smoak has been slumping in his last 26 games, batting .138 (12 for 87) but still has a career-high .244 batting average on the season.

Justin Smoak should return Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak, who has missed three straight games with a tight quadriceps, is expected back in the lineup Monday at Detroit, according to The News Tribune. Smoak, who is hitting a career-high .244 this season, was struggling just before the injury, batting .138 (12 for 87) with two homers in his last 26 games.

Quad issue a factor in shelving of Justin Smoak


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2013) Justin Smoak had not started either of the first two games of the Mariners' series with the Cardinals, and he was out of the lineup again for Sunday's finale. Mariners manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com that Smoak was not only sitting because of the lack of a DH spot in a National League park, but also because he is dealing with a tight quad muscle.

Kendrys Morales has been starting at first base in the series, moving from his customary role as the Mariners' designated hitter.


Justin Smoak keeps producing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak had another productive game Tuesday, in a  5-4 win over the Rays.

Smoak went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles in the game, one of which drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning. He finished the game with the two RBI and one run scored.

Smoak is hitting .375 since the start of August, with four home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored in 11 games. 


Justin Smoak drives in two in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak continued his productive run Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to eight games in a 9-7 win over the Blue Jays.

Smoak stroked a two-run double to cap off a big fifth-inning comeback, before finishing the game 1 for 4. Smoak is now hitting .273 on the season, but has raised his average up from .258 on July 30. 


Justin Smoak continues monster August performance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak posted his third straight multi-hit performance to open August, going 3 for 3 with one walk, one home run and three runs scored in his team's 8-4 win over the Orioles Saturday.

Smoak is 7 for 10 with four walks, two doubles, one home run, two RBI and five runs scored in three August games to boost his line to .274/.376/.434 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 281 at-bats.


Justin Smoak's run is over


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) There hasn't been a bigger fan among the CBSSports.com Fantasy writers for Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak than myself, but I think I'm finally coming to the realization he's just nothing more than a low-end option in deeper formats.

Even when Smoak was on his tear coming off the disabled list, batting .322 with a .589 slugging percentage and .997 OPS in 25 games from June 18-July 21, Smoak had just one Fantasy week of 20-plus points. That's just not going to cut it at a deep position like first base.

And his latest drought isn't helping Smoak's cause. He is mired in a 6-for-35 slump in his last nine games and hasn't recorded an RBI since homering July 19.

Fantasy owners have been dropping Smoak at a steady pace, and I have to say that's probably a wise move.


High hopes for Justin Smoak in second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/19/2013) We've seen Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak get hot before. During the last few Septembers in particular, he's seemed like a different player. But what we're seeing from him now has gone on long enough that I'm convinced it's something more.

Over his last 48 games -- and he's played only 68 this year -- he's batting .307 with eight homers and a .936 OPS. He's maintained it even with one big disruption of a DL stint in early June. During that stretch, he has 27 walks to give him a .408 on-base percentage, showing the plate discipline that was prevalent throughout his time as a minor-leaguer but absent for most of his days in the majors.

He also has retooled his swing in a way that generates more line drives, which of course explains the spike in batting average. The way it has gone for him so far, I wouldn't be surprised if Smoak ends up being one of those players who begins to hit more home runs as soon as he stops selling out for them.

He always had the pedigree and, at age 26, is just entering the prime of his career. I'd want to have him on my roster just in case this latest run is the start of a long overdue breakout.


Justin Smoak worth a shot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is having the best season of his career and could help Fantasy owners in the second half.

The only negative about Smoak's performance is a .331 BABIP. Smoak's career rate is .268, which means he's either been unlucky over his career, or he's going to see his slash line drop. But Smoak is providing enough walks and power to offset a drop in average. And his 12.1 percent home run rate is in line with his career average.

Given the talent at first, Smoak makes for a low option at the position and an adequate injury fill-in.


Justin Smoak red hot heading into break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak connected for his first three-run homer of the season Saturday against the Angels. After his first four home runs were solo shots, three of Smoak's last four home runs have produced multiple RBI.

Smoak, who finished 2 for 3 with four RBI, has homered five times since coming off the disabled list in mid-June. He is hitting well heading into the All-Star break, batting .366 (15 for 41) with two home runs, five doubles and nine RBI in his last 11 games (10 starts).

Smoak is batting .320 with a .587 slugging percentage, .987 OPS, five doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI in 21 games (19 starts) since his activation off the DL.


Justin Smoak collects three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak collected three hits Monday against the Red Sox.

Smoak clubbed two doubles, and added a single. He also walked, reaching base four times. He finished the game 3 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. Smoak is hitting .267/.369/.419 in 210 at-bats.