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Toronto Claims Justin Smoak Off Waivers


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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlueJays?src=hash">#BlueJays</a> claim Justin Smoak off waivers from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mariners?src=hash">#Mariners</a>.</p>— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) <a href="

">October 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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After all these years it still looks like Smoak or Matusz is a toss up.

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Well that's interesting. I could see him being a thorn in our side for the next few years despite his less than impressive numbers in Seattle. I wonder if we would have been interested had we had a chance to claim him.


I sure hope we would have. Heck, I might have traded a low-level prospect for him.

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In fact, that Smoak has lasted as a regular this long is kind of amazing. Over the last 50 years, 92 first baseman have been given 2,000 or more plate appearances by the end of their age-27 season; of that group, Justin Smoak ranks 89th in wRC+, ahead of only Travis Lee, Casey Kotchman, and Dan Meyer. Kotchman was an elite defensive first baseman, while Lee was a very good baserunner relative to his peers; Smoak is neither of those things, so he ranks behind both in WAR at this point of his career. Only Meyer produced fewer WAR through this point among first baseman who got this many chances, and from ages 28 to 32, he would produce another -2.0 WAR over 900 plate appearances before finally getting forcibly retired.
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