It seems official at this point – John Smoltz is going to the Red Sox. A dominating pitcher who has spent 21 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz has been a starter and a closer, picking up 210 wins and 134 saves during those 21 seasons. The offer is said to ahve a $5.5 Million bas salary and includes a multitude of incentives totaling over $5 Million. By signing with Boston, Smoltz received more then double what Atlanta was offering as a base salary.
Some blogs and media outlets started reporting rumors about this yesterday; but I wanted to hold off until it seemed a little more guaranteed. It become a lock for me once I found out that Smoltz went to Turner Field (home of the Braves) on Thursday to clean out his locker.
I honestly don’t see where Smoltz fits into the Red Sox team. The Sox already have a shut-down closer in Loudmouth Bon-Bon and seem pretty strong in their rotation. Maybe he would alternate starts with Tim Wakefield? Maybe he will go into the bullpen and be a long reliever/emergency starter? Either way, $5+ Million is a lot for such a small role, especially considering Smoltz is coming off some pretty sub-par years.