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Smoltz hoping to remain in St. Louis

Oct 12, 2009, 1:25 PM EST

John Smoltz finished his season on a high note while the Cardinals were being swept out of the playoffs, striking out five consecutive hitters in two innings of relief Saturday.
Afterward the 42-year-old impending free agent made it clear that he’d like to re-sign with the Cardinals, saying: “This would be a great fit. This would be a scenario that wouldn’t take too many minutes to make a decision.”
Given his age, injury history, and struggles with Boston earlier this season Smoltz obviously represents a substantial risk, but he certainly showed that he’s still capable of getting big-league hitters out after returning to the NL.
Between seven regular-season starts and Saturday’s postseason relief appearance Smoltz posted a 4.28 ERA and 45/9 K/BB ratio in 40 innings with the Cardinals.
Even including his time with Boston in the mix Smoltz had a 78/18 K/BB ratio in 80 total innings this season, which should be enough to earn him an incentive-laden one-year contract. Of course, assuming that another stint in the AL is out of the picture and a return to Atlanta is unlikely, Smoltz has just 14 teams to negotiate with. St. Louis seems like a natural fit.

  1. thomas - Oct 12, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    john, just pack it in. give some younger kid that is just starting out a chance to prove themselves. you have had an exceptionally great career, have a great time in retirement.

  2. Kackazz - Oct 13, 2009 at 5:08 AM

    John Smoltz is one the great pitchers of our era. He has done it all as a starter, reliever and a closer. Who would not want him? He still has some gas left and the Crads should consider re-signing him.

  3. Bobby Townsend - Oct 13, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    I do not ever want to see guy pitch ever again after his non-performance in Boston. Hey John, guess you were just tanking it with the Sox. You better never have a complaint about them after pitching your way out. Suddenly, you go to St. Louis and rediscover your fastball to get N.L. hitters out. You and Brett Favre were cut from the same cloth so I wish you would both just GO AWAY.
    Just think Mr. Smoltz, before 2009, you were one of my favorite people based on the 21 years you were with Atlanta. Even if you spend another 21 years with the Cardinals, I will make it a point to never see your pitch.

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