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Jake Smolinski | Outfielder | #5

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Athletics and OF Jake Smolinski avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 contract.
Smolinski was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The 28-year-old appeared in 16 games with the A's down the stretch after missing most of the year from shoulder surgery. He's a .243/.307/.374 hitter in the majors, with experience between all three outfield spots. Mon, Nov 27, 2017 02:41:00 PM

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MLB.com's Jane Lee writes that Dustin Fowler (knee) "is the favorite to land the center field job" for the Athletics.

Fowler suffered a gruesome right patella tendon rupture in his major league debut last June when he was with the Yankees, but he's right on schedule with his recovery. The A's plan to ease him into things at the beginning of spring training, but all signs point to him being ready to roll come Opening Day. It's good to hear, but Oakland could ultimately decide to get by with Boog Powell and/or Jake Smolinski in center field for a while and let Fowler knock some rust off in the minors. The situation is worth watching closely in spring training, as Fowler is an interesting power/speed guy who hit .293/.329/.542 with 13 homers and 13 steals in 70 Triple-A games before being called up last season.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 9 - 4:26 PM

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