Blue Jays pick up Justin Smoak’s option

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Per Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have picked up the $8 million 2019 club option for first baseman Justin Smoak.

This comes as no surprise as Smoak has been excellent the last two seasons for the Blue Jays. In 2018, he hit .242/.350/.457 with 25 home runs, 77 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 594 plate appearances. He’s also a finalist for the Gold Glove Award.

Smoak, who turns 32 years old in December, can become a free agent after the 2019 season, so he will likely only be in Toronto for one more year.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”