Red Sox Designate Smoltz
Well, this seems a bit harsh.
Despite one of the greatest pedigrees among pitchers in the past 25 years, John Smoltz was designated for assignment by the Red Sox this afternoon. There were no known lingering injury issues for Smoltz, so this was a move made purely based on his performance.
And Smoltz's performance may have warranted the move, too. Through his first seven starts, Smoltz racked up a higher ERA than any pitcher in Red Sox history. Considering the fact that the franchise is more than 100 years old, that's saying something. Last night's fourth inning debacle was the final straw for general manager Theo Epstein and the Boston front office, which will have to assume the remainder of the guaranteed portion of Smoltz's one-year deal upon his release.
It's also possible that the Red Sox could send Smoltz to the minor leagues, assuming he isn't picked up on waivers. That move might pave the way for him to claim a role in the team's bullpen for a late season push, a spot that he might be able to slide into, given his past excellence closing games in Atlanta.
Then again, he might just be so frustrated and hurt from his time in Boston that he's willing to say goodbye and good riddance to the Red Sox ... or to baseball altogether.
August 7, 2009; 5:18 PM ET
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