The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak on Saturday, by coming to terms on a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2015.
Smoak will receive $2.6375 million plus a $150K buyout on his $3.65 million option, which will become a team option if Smoak does not get at least 525 plate appearances this year.
The contract also contains certain escalators and the 2015 option vests if Smoak wins certain awards.
Smoak had filed for $3.25 million in arbitration while the Mariners countered at $2.025 million. The subject of trade rumors with the free agent signing of Corey Hart and trade for Logan Morrison, Smoak’s signing doesn’t necessarily signal a commitment to him or an end to possible trade options.
I doubt the Mariners would DFA Justin Smoak, but I’m not convinced he will spend the entire 2014 season in Seattle.