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Smoltz, Martinez to play the waiting game

Feb 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Jim Bowden tweets that both John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez will wait until after the season gets going to sign a deal, a la Pedro’s thing with the Phillies last year.  The New York Post’s Adam Rubin reported as much a few weeks ago with respect to Smoltz. Most people probably assumed that Martinez would do it again considering that it worked pretty nicely for him last year.

I like it. In addition to a short season helping mask some of Smoltz and Pedro’s obvious durability concerns, they’ll simply look like more appealing options to a number of teams once the optimism of spring dissolves and teams’ existing starters get hurt or turn back into pumpkins or whatever.

  1. anthony bennett - Feb 12, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    As much as I’ve admired these 2 over the last 100 years, Smoltz especially, I think it’s time to “old warriors” pack it in and “go to the house”. Guys, you surely can’t be broke. Is money or the love for the game driving you? John, you’re a Hall of Famer lock for sure. Don’t let your skills deminish to the point were the 1st 20 years are forgotten because of what you’ve done the past 2. Makes no sense to me

  2. Jonny5 - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    I don’t know, I’d like to see one of these old goats come to the Phills to help the other old goat Moyer…. You figure if they rotate the #5 starting position these old goats can be pretty effective. Baaaaaa!

  3. Cru11 - Feb 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Go. Away. Smoltz. Follow Glavine into the sunset.

  4. Josh in DC - Feb 12, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    The waiting game sucks. Let’s play Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

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