Over the weekend, Justin Smoak and the Seattle Marines agreed to a one-year, $2.63 million deal.
On Monday, Smoak spoke about why the Mariners brought him back and was expectations were concerning first base.
“I feel like it’s somewhat my job to lose,” Smoak told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. “It’s always good to have more bats. After losing guys like (Kendrys) Morales and (Raul) Ibañez, you’ve added a couple of more (bats).”
The Mariners signed veterans Corey Hart and Logan Morrison in the offseason, giving the Mariners a lot of depth at first base and could cut into the playing time of Smoak, but obviously he isn’t worried.
“I’m ready to get this thing going,” Smoak added.
Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters they would use Smoak at both first base and as a designated hitter.
Smoak hit .238, had an on-base percentage of .334 and slugged .412 in 2013. He hit a career-high 20 home runs and had 50 RBI.