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The Nats and John Smoltz are interested in one another

Dec 4, 2009, 2:17 PM EDT

The Washington Nationals are talking to John Smoltz, and both sides seem interested in doing a deal. The only holdup is that Smoltz would rather play for a contender, but I think we’ve passed the point in Smoltz’s career where he has a ton of choices in the matter.

You have to think that a team like the Nats — looking for credibility and looking for someone to play Crash Davis to Stephen Strasburg’s Nuke LaLoosh — would offer Smoltz (a) more money; and (b) a better chance to start than to come out of the pen.  Smoltz likes both of those things, and given that he has already spent more time in the playoffs than anyone this side of red white and blue bunting, you think he might take the lower pressure gig.

  1. Kelly - Dec 4, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    What’s Greg Maddux up to nowadays? If I’m the Nats, I throw the kitchen sink at him to get him in the organization to help Strasburg and hang out with Smoltz all 1995-like.
    No better mentor than one who pees on you in the shower….and knows more about pitching than anyone.

  2. The Common Man - Dec 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    I wonder if Smoltz will be influenced at all by how he sees his career being viewed post-retirement. Smoltz seems to be on the fence right now as a HOF candidate, and some extra wins (which he’s more likely to come by with a contender) would help separate him from the Kevin Browns, Luis Tiants, and Rick Reuschels of the world.
    I also hope he doesn’t go all Steve Carleton on us.

  3. Josh in DC - Dec 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    That Smoltz would be considered borderline HOF is why it doesn’t really matter who is in the Hall of Fame.

  4. Bill@TDS - Dec 4, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    I don’t think he’s borderline at all. I think he could go 0-22 with a 8.50 ERA for the Nats this year and he’d still coast in.

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