The Seattle Mariners will be entering the 2014 campaign with high expectations after bringing in second baseman Robinson Cano during the off-season. They were reportedly interested in bringing in veteran outfield Nelson Cruz, but those talks are currently on hold.
Now today they were able to come to an agreement with first baseman Justin Smoak. Both sides agree’d on a one year deal worth $2.63 million for 2014 and an option for 2015 that could be worth around $3.65 million.
#Mariners, Justin Smoak have avoided arbitration per source
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) February 15, 2014
The 27 year old first baseman was looking for $3.25 million from Seattle, but was countered with a $2.025 million deal later on. This signing is huge for the Mariners as he’s coming off career high 20 home run season in 2013.
He only hit .238/.334/.412 across the line with 50 RBI’s through 131 games. Justin was only five away from tying his career high in RBI’s. It’s a good thing that both parties were able to meet right in the middle.