Shocking news in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization broke this afternoon, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the team has designated first baseman Justin Smoak for assignment. As a replacement, the Brewers pick up free agent first baseman Daniel Vogelbach.
Brewers DFA Smoak, get Vogelbach, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 3, 2020
Through 33 games this year, Justin Smoak batted .186 with five home runs and a .642 OPS. Smoak signed a one-year deal this offseason with the Brewers, which included a team option for the 2021 season. His contract also includes a $1M buyout. Vogelbach is having his worst season of his career thus far, but is coming off an All-Star season in 2019, in which he hit .208 with 30 home runs. He last played for the Toronto Blue Jays on August 31.
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