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Postby Andy » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:53 am

After more than two decades with the Braves, right-hander John Smoltz is ready to finish his career in a different uniform.

Smoltz reached a preliminary agreement Thursday on a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Red Sox after failing to work out a deal to return for his 22nd season with the Braves.

The Associated Press said Smoltz, who went to Lansing Waverly and once was Tigers property, can earn an additional $5 million in bonuses, some based on days on the active roster. The deal is a subject to a physical, which is scheduled for Monday.

Smoltz, 41, issued a statement through his agent and said he had little choice except to talk with other teams after hearing what the Braves planned to offer.

"I was going to withhold comment until the announcement of my signing with a new team, but I now feel the need to clear up any misconceptions and inaccuracies about the contract negotiations between myself and the Atlanta Braves," he said. "There were large discrepancies between the offer from the Braves and offers from other teams."

Smoltz, the only pitcher with 200 victories and 150 saves, had pitched for the Braves since 1988.

The Red Sox also agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Rocco Baldelli, who had been with the Rays.

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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:02 am

Very weird. It will be interesting to see how his stuff holds up in the much tougher American League. I always wanted to see Maddux pitch in the AL for the same reason.
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Postby Mulligan » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:14 am

I assume he is going to be a starter?
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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:55 am

They aren't sure right now. They also signed Brad Penny...so they really have 7 legit starters. Word is that they are looking to trade Clay Bucholz.
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Postby The Beav » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:39 am

Mulligan wrote:I assume he is going to be a starter?


Comments last night go along with that assumption. Most agree that his arm and his age could not handle a bullpen role
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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:47 am

Comments last night go along with that assumption. Most agree that his arm and his age could not handle a bullpen role


They also think that they will be able to give time off in the rotation if they are carrying 6-7 starters.
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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:45 pm

Speaking of MLB. Has anyone tuned into the MLB Network yet? I'm hooked.
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Postby davecat » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:59 pm

chad sexington wrote:Speaking of MLB. Has anyone tuned into the MLB Network yet? I'm hooked.


They could just show still photos of the Expos 1986 spring training and you'd be hooked.
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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:08 pm

Thanks?
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Postby David Hall » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:12 pm

Is it on basic cable?
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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:13 pm

If you have digital cable it comes standard. Channel 279 on Comcast.
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Postby Andy » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:17 pm

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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:56 pm

chad sexington wrote:Speaking of MLB. Has anyone tuned into the MLB Network yet? I'm hooked.


All I've seen so far are replays of the Home Run Derby, etc. Want to try to catch their hot stove program one of these days.

Is it free on Comcast? I have the sports package but I'm not sure if MLB is a free channel like Big Ten or NFL.
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Postby chad sexington » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:23 pm

It is free
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Postby caseyc » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:49 pm

chad sexington wrote:It is free


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