Smoak files for arbitration

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

AP Photo/Tony Dejak Former Stratford standout Justin Smoak hits a home run for the Seattle Mariners in May.

Former Stratford High School and USC standout Justin Smoak, now a first baseman for the Seattle Mariners, was one of the major leaguers who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.

This is the first year of arbitration eligibility for Smoak. He became eligible after his third year on a major league roster.

Last season, he batted .238 with 20 home runs, 50 RBIs and 19 doubles. Heís a career .227 hitter between the Texas Rangers and Seattle.

If the two sides canít agree, arbitration hearings take place in February, with an independent panel selecting either the playerís request or the teamís offer as their binding 2014 salary. Generally, the two sides meet in the middle.

Smoak reportedly made $514,000 for the 2013 season.

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