A couple of days ago, it was announced that Justin Smoak had inked a contract to join the Milwaukee Brewers. Today, the Blue Jays found his replacement, interestingly enough, with a former Brewer in Travis Shaw. So I guess you can sorta view this as a Smoak for Shaw swap.
Though it wasn’t all that surprising to see Smoak not return to the Blue Jays, it’s always sad when an era comes to an end. Four years ago, if I had told you we would be pouring one out for the end of the Justin Smoak era, you wouldn’t have believed me. It feels like yesterday everybody bemoaned the Cleveland Boys tossing him a shocking two-year extension after the 2016 season, but here we are now.
Smoak finishes his Blue Jays career 14th in Blue Jays history in home runs with 117, just ahead of Josh Donaldson and right behind Shawn Green. The strikeout-prone backup first baseman we came to know in 2015 and 2016 ended up being yet another late-bloomer who found their stride in Toronto. Smoak had an All-Star season in 2017, smashing 38 home runs and giving fans something to cheer for as the team tailspined into …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation