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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How weird will that be?