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Justin Smoak Will Start Immediately

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After the trade first went down, I wondered if the M's might send Justin Smoak to Tacoma for a little while so that they could sort out the playing time situation in the bigs. Todd Dybas throws water on that idea:

Wakamatsu says Smoak will be every day first baseman. #Mariners

I'm not entirely sure how this is going to work, but I'm leaning to some sort of job rotation between Michael Saunders, Russell Branyan, and Milton Bradley through left and DH. You can't sit Saunders too often. You have to try to get Bradley going, since he's still here next season. And Branyan's not going to want to sit on the bench.

Who knows. I'll worry about the playing time another day. For now, hey, the M's have Justin Smoak. This'll take some getting used to, but I'm pretty sure that's neat.

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