2013 MLB Winter Meetings: Seattle Mariners to Trade Justin Smoak?
Is there anyone that doesn’t like a baseball player named Smoak? Justin Smoak of the Seattle Mariners might have a great name but he apparently has no place with the Mariners anymore. After they signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison, they have a log-jam at first base. Just the two players they signed cause a log-jam at first where they will have to chose which of their recent signings will actually play first.
Smoak appears to be the odd man out for the Mariners which could be a very good thing for some other team seeking a first baseman. That includes the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers among others. Smoak might not be an all-star at first base but he is solid over there and has offensive potential. Consider the Pirates for example who went almost to the NLCS with Justin Morneau contributing very little offensively.
They could certainly be a team that would get value from a trade of Smoak. For the Mariners, they are bound to see an offensive boost at first base next season but it seems the boost will not be substantial. Smoak wasn’t a thunderous bat at first base but neither was Morrison and Hart hasn’t played since 2012. It will be very interesting if Smoak is traded to see what happens with each of the three players and which one performs the best.