CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Stratford alum Justin Smoak is heading to the far east. The former South Carolina first baseman and major league all-star has agreed to a deal with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan’s Central League the team announced on Thursday.
The Japan Times is reporting the deal is for 2 years at $3 million per season.
“Giants fans, I am looking forward to a wonderful opportunity to play with a traditional team, and I am looking forward to contributing to the victory in front of the best Giants fans in Japan. Please! " Smoak said in a statement from the team.
The 34 year old has spent the last 11 years playing in the major leagues for five different franchises.
A former 1st round pick of the Texas Rangers, Smoak has also played for the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and last season split time between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. For his career, he’s hit 196 home runs along with 570 RBI.
His best season in the majors came in 2017 when he hit 38 homers and had 90 RBI for the Blue Jays being named an American League All-Star.
Smoak is scheduled for his first press conference in Tokyo after he arrives in Japan next month.