Less than one day after the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered Justin Smoak and others, they signed Smoak to a 1-year $1 million contract. The 27-year-old played with the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2014 but was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays.
The club has confirmed the signing on their official Twitter page:
The @BlueJays have signed 1B JUSTIN SMOAK to a one year contract worth US $1 million.
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) December 3, 2014
Smoak figures to be a platoon option at first base and designated hitter. Smoak was a highly-touted Rangers prospect before being dealt to the Mariners in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas in 2010. He struggled in Seattle, and never really lived up to expectations. He slashed .202/.275/.339 with 7 home runs in 80 games last season.