Smoak singled, walked twice, and scored two runs over three at-bats in Sunday's spring game. Smoak has not yet tallied an extra-base hit, but he has reached base five times over 12 plate appearances in his first spring with his new club. Smoak is coming off a down season, but he is on track to see plenty of action at first base for the Brewers. Exactly how the starts are divided between him and Ryan Braun, though, remains to be seen.
Smoak signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Brewers on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Smoak had a decrease in production last season, as he hit just .208/.342/.406 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI, good for only a 101 wRC+. Despite his downturn in 2019, the 33-year-old has been reliable offensively in the past. If he can regain production, he could take over as the Brewers' primary first baseman next season even with Ryan Braun and newly acquired Ryon Healy available as other options.
Smoak went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Rays. Smoak will leave Blue Jays' fans with positive memories in what may wind up as his final game in Toronto. He'll be a free agent this season and may find it tough to secure a major-league contract, as he'll be coming off a year in which he hit just .208/.342/.406, not a good enough line for a first baseman. Smoak will turn 33 in December and likely doesn't fit into the rebuilding Blue Jays' future plans.
Smoak will sit again Friday against the Rays. Smoak finds himself on the bench for the fourth straight game. He hasn't appeared in any capacity in any of the last three contests. Randal Grichuk will rest his legs as the designated hitter Friday.
Smoak is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. Smoak sits for the third straight game, with the Blue Jays seemingly looking at younger options for the final few games of the season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be the designated hitter Wednesday, with Rowdy Tellez starting at first base.