|Feb. 15 3:27 PM PT4:27 PM MT5:27 PM CT6:27 PM ET18:27 ET23:27 GMT7:27 CST4:27 PM MST6:27 PM EST6:57 PM VEN3:27 UAE (+1)5:27 PM CT-The Seattle Mariners and Smoak have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a contract for the 2014 season with a club option for 2015.
Analysis: The Mariners announced Smoak's new deal on Saturday. Smoak will earn $2,637,500 this season and $3.65 million next season if the option is picked up. He was Seattle's last arbitration eligible player. Smoak, 27, hit a career-high 20 homers last season, but batted just .238. He improved after a stint on the disabled list in June, raising his average to .274 in early August before a swoon over the final six weeks of the season. Smoak ranked fifth among American League first basemen with a .995 fielding percentage.