John Smoltz has struggled this year with the Boston Red Sox, going 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA in eight starts this season. He cleared waivers on Wednesday and refused to be optioned to the minors. Boston now has two choices, trade him or release him. Any team in the playoff hunt should be interested in John Smoltz. He is proven as a starter and a closer. Smoltz has only suffered two losing seasons as a starter in his 21-year career and one of those was his rookie season. He moved into Atlanta's closer role in the middle of the 2001 season and served in that capacity for four years, picking up 154 saves with a 2.65 ERA.
Smoltz never pitched outside the National League. Actually, he never pitched for anyone but Atlanta until this year. A move back to the National League could help boost his confidence.
How much is John Smoltz worth? That's the question of the century. Some are going to say that it is not worth going after Smoltz because it's going to cost the Marlins a crucial part of their farm system. With a "lets win now" mentality, I say this - nothing in the future is guaranteed.
Let's get serious. Do you really think that Larry Bienfest is not going to work the best deal possible? Don't you think he will make Boston foot the bill on the remainder of Smoltz's contract?
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