Baseball: Giants confirm deal for former major league All-Star Smoak

The Yomiuri Giants have agreed to a contract with longtime major league first baseman and designated hitter Justin Smoak, the Central League champions said Thursday. Yomiuri will sign the 34-year-old switch hitter as a free agent from the San Francisco Giants on a two-year deal believed to be worth $3 million per season. Smoak hit 196 home runs in an 11-year major league career that also included stints with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. He was an All-Star with Toronto in 2017 when he hit 38 home runs and 90 RBIs. The 193-centimeter, 100-kilogram South Carolina native joins a Gia…

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