Justin Smoak leaves Blue Jays for Brewers

Dec 19 2019, 10:56 am

Longtime Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak is leaving Toronto, according to multiple reports.

The 33-year-old free agent is set to sign a one-year, $5 million contract with a team option for 2021, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reports.

Smoak played five seasons with the Blue Jays, after the organization claimed him off waivers from the Seattle Mariners in 2014.

Though Smoak began as a depth player, the South Carolina native became an important player for the Jays. Smoak’s best season came in 2017, when he had a .270 batting average and hit for 38 home runs and 90 RBIs, and represented the Blue Jays at the MLB All-Star Game.

Last season, the switch-hitter hit for a .208 batting average, with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs.