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Chase Smartt traded to the Wild Things

Former Charles Henderson and Troy Trojan Chase Smartt will be wearing another baseball uniform this summer.

The former New Jersey Jackal has been traded to the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.

The team announced the trade last Thursday, giving Smartt the opportunity to move out west after spending his first year of professional ball on the east coast.

“It’s giving me a new opportunity and a fresh new start with a new team,” Smartt said. “I am looking forward to it. I am working hard to get ready to get back in shape before I leave and report. It’s going to be a fun year for me.”

In his first season of professional baseball, Smartt and the Jackals won the Frontier League championship. Smartt finished the year hitting .240 with nine doubles and 15 RBI.

“Chase is a player that we believe can take a big step forward,” said Washington General Manager Tony Buccilli on the team’s website. “He has shown the ability to be a two-way contributor behind the plate in a competitive college conference. The experience and knowledge he will bring us from his year with New Jersey will put him in a position to be a meaningful piece to our success.”

During his four years with the Trojans, Smartt hit .262 with 12 home runs and 118 RBI. He had 47 doubles and he scored 97 runs.

Smartt and the Wild Things begin their season on Friday, May 15.