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Justin Smoak signs one-year, US$3.9 million deal with Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO — Justin Smoak signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth US$3.9 million on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.

Smoak, who turns 30 on Saturday, appeared in 132 games for Toronto last season batting .236 with 18 home runs, reaching a career high in RBIs (59).

He was credited with four defensive runs saved, ranking second to only Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees at first base.

Smoak, the 11th overall pick of the 2008 draft by Texas is a veteran of six seasons, has a .224 career average with 92 home runs and 223 RBIs for Texas, Seattle and Toronto.

The Canadian Press

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