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Smoltz to Join Cardinals

Well, that didn't take long. Less than two weeks after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox following the final drubbing he'd take in a Boston uniform, John Smoltz has found a new team, agreeing to a deal he will sign with the St. Louis Cardinals today, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch.

Smoltz will become the Cardinals' fifth starter almost immediately, assuming there wasn't a 12th-hour waiver claim put on Smoltz by another team (he was due to come off the waiver wire at noon). St. Louis will pay a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary, with Boston on the hook for the rest of Smoltz's $5.5 million contract.

According to Strauss, two former Smoltz teammates in Atlanta -- infielder Mark DeRosa and fellow starting pitcher Adam Wainwright -- lobbied long and hard to convince the team to make a push for Smoltz, though manager Tony LaRussa was also reportedly high on the idea himself.

The Smoltz addition might be the ultimate no-risk, high-reward move for St. Louis. If Smoltz can regain any of his Hall of Fame shoo-in magic back in the National League, the Cardinals might just be the team to beat. If he can't, well, then St. Louis is out less than $100,000. That's less than a night of beer sales at home game against the Cubs.

What do people think? Is this a good move by the Cardinals, or did Smoltz's Boston stint expose him as too old and fragile to be a major contributor to a postseason hopeful?

By Cameron Smith  |  August 19, 2009; 1:07 PM ET
Categories:  Cardinals  | Tags: Cardinals, John Smoltz, Red Sox, john smoltz, waiver wire  
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I would be very surprised if he had a substantial impact on the Cardinals this year, one way or the other. I watched at least three or four of his starts with Boston and he looked terrible. That said, it is a low-risk, high-reward strategy, and gets Smoltz back in the league that he knows and works in best.

Posted by: yobigc | August 19, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hope that he's able to pull it together, but it was just sad watching his recent starts. I always liked him, even if he was a Braves guy.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 20, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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