Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has passed through waivers unclaimed, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. This means the switch-hitter is now eligible to be dealt to any team in the majors.
Smoak has followed last year’s breakout with a strong 2018 campaign: He is batting .255/.365/.463 with 18 home runs and 1.6 WAR over 116 games. He has increased his walk percentage by nearly three per cent to 14.3 this season and his 126 wRC+, which adjusts for league and park effects, ranks 38th among all qualified MLB hitters.
The 31-year-old is in the second year of a two-year deal, but the Blue Jays hold a club option on him for the 2019 season worth $7 million. Because of that low cost, the Blue Jays would likely demand a relatively strong return in any trade for Smoak.