Brewers find their first baseman

Evan Heffelfinger
December 19, 2019 - 2:58 pm

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MILWAUKEE -- The search for the Brewers next first baseman has come to an end, as the team reportedly signed former Mariner and Blue Jay Justin Smoak to a 1 year, $5 million dollar deal with a club option for 2021. 

Our Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman had the first report: 

The deal will pay Smoak $4 million in 2020, then there is a $1 million buyout on the 2021 club option worth $5.5 million, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports: 

Smoak, a former first round pick in 2008, is known for his power from both sides of the plate, and his above average defense at first base. Battling injuries last year, he hit .208 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs in 121 games, but still carried a great .342 OBP and league average OPS of .748, showing a good eye at the plate, while only striking out less than a quarter of the time.

Our Milwaukee Baseball Insider Adam McCalvy took a look at his stats, and compared them to another familiar face at first base: 

The Brewers can now turn their attention to filling the hole at the hot corner left by Mike Moustakas, with only Ryon Healy, Eric Sogard and Ronny Rodriguez slated to fill the position currently.