We all know Justin Smoak can hit. He leads the Mariners in both HRs and RBIs (granted, he's tied with Olivo in the former), and has slashes at .243/.345/.449. The interesting thing about Smoak, though, is that he has, directly or indirectly, caused two Mariners losses with his glove.
Remember that game against the Nationals that many of us have pointed to as the point at which we entered a tailspin? The Mariners gave up five unearned runs because of an error by... Justin Smoak. Remember Tuesday's game against the Braves? The Braves had runners at the corners, but with two outs, and Smoak failed to field a groundball that would've been the final out, allowing a run to score. The Braves used that one run to win the ballgame.
You may argue that Smoak wasn't the sole reason for either of these losses, but, plain and simple, Smoak DHing makes sense for the roster. Adam Kennedy could be an everyday first baseman, at least temporarily, Chone Figgins could play third again, and Zduriencik could use Cust to shop around for another first baseman (thereby freeing Adam Kennedy to take back third, giving Z a chance to shop around with Figgins...).
Is this reactionary? You bet your ass this is. It probably makes no sense long-term, and I have no idea what Wedge and Z know about Smoak and whether or not DH works for him. Still, it's an idea to be debated.
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