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.
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.
Brewers DFA Smoak, get Vogelbach, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 3, 2020