Thursday, January 23, 2014
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. He’s a career .227 hitter between the Texas Rangers and Seattle.
If the two sides can’t agree, arbitration hearings take place in February, with an independent panel selecting either the player’s request or the team’s offer as their binding 2014 salary. Generally, the two sides meet in the middle.
Smoak reportedly made $514,000 for the 2013 season.