Report: John Smoltz Nears Deal With Red Sox
Really, though, seeing this doesn't make me think about Boston's rotation depth. John Smoltz is the Atlanta Braves. I mean, Smoltz got the win in the only playoff game that I've ever attended in person. And that was in Pittsburgh. And I was seven. I'm going to be 24 in ten days. Glavine and Maddux left, but Smoltz always stayed. Starting, relieving, whatever. And now, he's going to Boston. Weird.
I don't want to get on a "baseball has no loyalty soapbox" because this happens to great players at the ends of their careers, so let's look at the Red Sox for a second. They've got the six pitchers I named in the first paragraph and Clay Buchholz all fighting for rotation spots. Presumably, Smoltz should shift to the pen to set-up Jon Papelbon, if needed (his health is also probably an issue), or the Sox could pull the trigger on some kind of trade (Olney speculates Buchholz for Jarrod Saltlamacchia, but it's all just guessing right now).
Sheesh, there's going to be some kind of pennant race in the AL East next year. As if ESPN and FOX needed another reason to show nothing but Red Sox and Yankees games next year.