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Mets, Mariners among Smoltz's early suitors

Nov 17, 2009, 4:53 PM EST

A source told FOXSports.com that the Cardinals, Dodgers, Mets, Mariners, Astros, Rangers and Orioles have expressed early interest in free agent John Smoltz.
That there are three AL clubs in the group of seven teams is a bit of a surprise. It figured that the interest in Smoltz would be mostly concentrated among NL teams, given that Smoltz went 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA in eight starts for the Red Sox last season. He was 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in seven starts for St. Louis.
The report indicates that Smoltz is open to the possibility of returning to closing duties next year. That may just be an effort to give him more bargaining power, though. Smoltz has always preferred starting, and he seems more likely to hold up physically working every five or six days than he would given a reliever’s workload. Plus, it’s a lot easier to sneak in a round of golf when you know exactly when you’ll be pitching.
So, while Smoltz will weigh all offers, his best chance of adding to his Cooperstown resume would come as a starter in the National League. A return to St. Louis would make a lot of sense, given pitching coach Dave Duncan’s track record with veteran starters. The Dodgers, Cubs and Brewers could use him as well.

  1. Cru11 - Nov 17, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Every American League team with their dipstick in this better cut bait and hightail it out of there. Smoltz is not built to pitch in AL, just like that flop of a pitcher Brad Penny. If he does indeed go to an AL club it will most likely be Souvenir City.

  2. Bobby Townsend - Nov 17, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    JOHN SMOLTZ, PLEASE GO AWAY I NEVER WANT TO SEE YOU EVER PITCH AGAIN. WHAT A HORRENDOUS PERFORMANCE IN BOSTON!!!! THEN YOU FIND OUT IN ST. LOUIS YOU WERE TIPPING YOUR PITCHES. YOUR 42 YO, DON’T YOU KNOW ANY BETTER. YOU NEED TO GIVE THE RED SOX BACK EVERY PENNY (NO PUN INTENDED) THEY GAVE YOU. THAT WAS DISGUSTING. IF I KNOW WHEN YOU ARE PITCHING REGARDLESS OF WHO IT IS FOR, I WILL MAKE IT A POINT NOT TO SEE IT. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!

  3. Old Gator - Nov 17, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    It just kills me when these would-be hall of famers have to go out with a >>splatt!

  4. Grant - Nov 17, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    The Orioles? Seriously? I generally trust MacPhail, but I do not approve.

  5. peteinfla - Nov 18, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    The Mets? Give me a break, please. Listen, even if Smoltz does have something left in the tank, ( a big if), why would the Mets go that direction. After years of signing aging, former superstars, wouldn’t you think they finally learned their lesson? Even if he DOES have a year left, what possible difference could it make for this franchise? They need pitching, pitching and pitching, but he won’t make the difference. They need YOUNG pitching. Not to mention a left fielder, a first baseman, a utilty infielder who damn well better be able to play shortstop when Reyes goes up in flames again, and at least a platoon in rightfield (I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on Francouer, but am not a believer in him either). Did I mention they need pitching?

  6. Gary Frazier - Nov 18, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    I would love to see Smoltz return to Atlanta and be here, when Bobby Cox retires.
    Smoltz only needs a few more saves to really have equaled his success as a started, in the bull-pen.

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