Posts tagged with: John Smoltz

Red Sox Add Saito, More Arm and Shoulder Trouble

Word from Ken is that the Boston Red Sox have agreed with former Dodgers closer Takashi Saito on a one-year deal.  Saito missed a significant amount of time last season due to elbow/ligament troubles (always a great sign for pitchers).

Add Saito’s damaged elbow (he passed his physical) to the the reconstructed shoulder of John Smoltz and the strained shoulder of Brad Penny, and the Sox have quite a trio of low-risk, high-reward type pitchers.  You could argue the same case for fatigued outfielder Rocco Baldelli as well.

Call it treading carefully in tough financial times, but if these recent signings pay-off then the Red Sox are going to have a very deep pitching staff.

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Brewers Sign Hoffman, Red Sox Agree With Smoltz

A couple of veteran pitchers will wear different jerseys for the first time in a long time next season.  The Milwaukee Brewers have signed all-time career saves leader Trevor Hoffman to be their closer.  And in an interesting development, John Smoltz is leaving Atlanta to join the Boston Red Sox.

Hoffman threw 35 innings with the Florida Marlins in 1993 before spending the rest of his career with the San Diego Padres.  The Padres initially opened up talks to re-sign Hoffman, before withdrawing their offer.  The Brewers had signed Eric Gagne to be their closer last season, he struggled with the role before losing it permanently to the now retired Solomon Torres.

Eric Karabell thinks Hoffman is past his prime, and I tend to agree.  There could be more closer controversy in Milwaukee next season.  According to several reports, Hoffman will make $6 million in 2009.

The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn runs down both Smoltz’s deal with the Red Sox and as well an announcement on the signing of hometown boy Rocco Baldelli.  Both deals are for one-year.  The Smoltz deal guarantees him $5 million plus a shit-load of incentives.  Baldelli will make $500,000 and could reach as high as $7.5 million if he meets a few bonus stipulations.

Smoltz spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves.  Smoltz is the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award as a starting pitcher, and then later win the Rolaids Relief Man Award as a closer.  He is coming off of serious shoulder surgery, and Baldelli has spent most of his career on the disabled list.

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