Blue Jays hang on to Justin Smoak with $8M option

The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised their $8-million US club option on first baseman Justin Smoak and have declined the $5.5-million club option on infielder Yangervis Solarte.

Club has declined Solarte's $5.5M option, making him eligible for arbitration

The Toronto Blue Jays picked up Justin Smoak's $8-million US option on Wednesday night. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised their $8-million US club option on first baseman Justin Smoak and have declined the $5.5-million club option on infielder Yangervis Solarte.

The Blue Jays announced the moves Wednesday evening on Twitter.

Smoak had a breakout season in 2017, batting .270 with 38 home runs and 90 runs batted in.

He remained productive in 2018 with a .242 average, 25 homers and 77 RBIs.

Solarte batted .226 with 17 homers and 54 RBIs.

The Jays say Solarte will remain on the 40-man roster and is eligible for arbitration.

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