I authored an article earlier this week about the prospect of the Blue Jays dealing Justin Smoak right now while his stock is at its highest point. The article drew mixed reviews; however, many readers agreed that the Blue Jays should entertain offers for Smoak.
The first-baseman was voted onto the American League All-Star team after a dreadful 2016 campaign where many a fan called for his demotion or permanent departure. Smoak is signed to a team-friendly deal set to earn just over four million next season.
The slugger is a lock to hit 40 bombs this season after connecting for his 23rd of the season yesterday. So if you’re the Blue Jays do you sell high on a stock they bought low on or do they keep him for 2018 and hope he doesn’t turn into Michael Saunders 2.0 after the break.
Much like the Happ scenario, the Blue Jays are in the driver’s seat and would only need to move Smoak if they were absolutely blown away with an offer. As I mentioned in the article, I could see the Twins being a fit for Smoak positionally and financially. If I am the Blue Jays and the Twins come calling, the talks start at prospect Nick Gordon.
The Blue Jays have Rowdy Tellez waiting in the wings so if they can score two or three legitimate prospects for Smoak’s services, then I say why not.