Blue Jays sign Smoak

The Blue Jays have signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year deal worth $1 million, the club announced on Wednesday.

Smoak, 27, was non-tendered by Toronto on Tuesday. He was projected to earn roughly $3 million in arbitration, so the club was able to clear some room on their payroll for 2015.

The Blue Jays acquired Smoak in October off waivers from Seattle. The 11th overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Rangers, Smoak has a lifetime .224 average with 74 home runs in 566 games over parts of five seasons in the Majors.

Smoak projects as the starting first baseman for the Jays, who would like to use Edwin Encarnacion more as a designated hitter in ’15, tweets MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm.

–Austin Laymance

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