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February 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Mariners avoid arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak

The Mariners have agreed to terms with first baseman Justin Smoak on a contract for the 2014 season. Smoak, who was the Mariners’ last remaining arbitration eligible player, was set to have an arbitration hearing sometime next week. Instead, the two sides worked out a deal.

The interesting aspect of the contract is that there is a club vesting option for the 2015 season.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca has the details ….

Smoak will get a $2.6375 million for 2013. There is a $150,000 buyout on a $3.65 million option for 2015. That option becomes a club option if Smoak does not reach 525 plate appearances.

Smoak’s representation – Bledsoe Brothers – filed for $3.25 million in arbitration while  the Mariners countered with  $2.025 million. 

Smoak, 27, played in 131 games with 124 starts at first base, despite missing more than two weeks with an oblique strain. He hit a career-high 20 home runs last season along with 19 doubles and 50 RBI. He had a slash line of .238/.334/.412

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