Giants, closer Will Smith agree to new contract

Left-hander will reportedly make $4.225 million on his 2019 deal

San Francisco Giants’ Will Smith (13) and San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (28) shake hands following their 8-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, July 29, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Giants closer Will Smith, who has been the subject of trade rumors this winter, agreed to a one-year, $4.225 deal with the team on Friday, USA Today reported.

The 29-year-old left-hander, who supplanted Hunter Strickland as San Francisco’s closer in the second half of 2018, enjoyed a big season for the Giants. Smith had impressive numbers this past season, which he ended with a 2.55 ERA to go along with a 0.98 WHIP.

Even though Smith is under contract now, there remains a possibility he could be moved prior to the season.

Smith was the last of three Giants’ arbitration-eligible players to agree to new deals. Second baseman Joe Panik and reliever Sam Dyson earlier approved one-year contracts. The Giants moved on from their other two arbitration-eligible players, non-tendering Strickland and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

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