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The Mets are still talking to Smoltz

Jan 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

A few weeks ago it was reported that the Mets were interested in John Smoltz for the rotation. The interest hasn’t flagged, apparently, as the Daily News says this morning that “the Mets have been particularly active in dialogue” with Smotlz.  That’s a fancy way of saying they’re talking.  Smoltz had previously been linked to the Phillies — who reportedly wanted him to come out of the pen — and the Nats

Not sure what’s taking so long with Smoltz. A guy who went 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA in eight starts in the AL and then 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in seven starts in the NL shouldn’t exactly present a complicated negotiation. “Here’s your one-year, $3 million + incentives contract.  Take it or leave it.” If he comes back with a counter and you really like the cut of his jib, sure you settle at $4 million, which is less than Vicente Padilla will make next year. 

  1. Bobby Townsend - Jan 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Dear Mr, Smoltz, You just plain stink!!!! The Mets should detach your pay and send to 24 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA to pay back the money you stole from the tenants at this address.
    Now do want to live with such guilt for the rest of your life but you apparently are going the much lower road and that is to take your act to Flushing, NY where you will continue to steal.
    Should I say BUYER BEWARE. Oh BTW Mr. Smoltz, you just plain stink!!!!!!

  2. peteinfla - Jan 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    So it’s his fault that the Soz threw a ridicuous amount of money at him? It seems to any reasonable fan that the Sox knew he was old, knew he was coming off an injury, and still decided to give him this contract. How’s that his fault? How’d the Penny contract work also? Try putting the blame where it belongs – On Theo! Maybe he should stop trying to catch lightning in a bottle with these old, has-been pitchers. You’d take the money too if it was offered to you!

  3. YANKEES1996 - Jan 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Quick, someone compile a list of all the old, over the hill, washed up players that are still looking for a job and fax it to Omar Minaya. Spring training report dates are still a few weeks away and he still has time to finish off the job of completely ruining this team!

  4. Augie Dawgie - Jan 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    When a guy like Smoltz is your #5 starter you’re in good shape. Just imagine if they get both Sheets and Smoltz!

  5. Bobby Townsend - Jan 26, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Yes the Sox paid him more money than they should have but also felt it was well worth it HAD he performed. It was only a 1 year deal and they knew he wouldn’t be available to pitch until June.
    But while he was rehabbing, all he did was complain about possibly being put in the bullpen (he never was), they monitored everything he did while rehabbing. The biggest problem I had with the team was waiting so long to cut ties.
    Then he goes to St. Louis and pitches OK, the fastball had a little extra zip and the breaking was breaking better. My problem with Smoltz was he dogged it the whole time he was in Boston but gladly accepted their money.

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