Smoltz: Yanks courted me


Via MLBTR, we hear a Dan Patrick interview with John Smoltz in which the former Brave and current Red Sox pitcher explains that the Yanks were in on his contract talks. According to the injured hurler set to come off the DL by early June, the Yanks were one of four teams — the Red Sox, Dodgers and Braves being the others — to come calling, but in the end, Boston won out. It’s good to hear that Brian Cashman was doing what he could to land a low-risk, high-reward starter. If Boston wanted to guarantee more money, so be it.

Categories : Asides


  1. Dan Patrick needs to change his headshot:


    Attempted coolness/hardness FAIL.

  2. Chris says:

    Here’s what I don’t get about the Smoltz thing. There was a report (saw it on Neyer’s blog I think) that he was throwing hard and easy in his workout for the Red Sox. This includes a mix of fastballs and sliders. If he’s throwing that well now, why won’t he be available to pitch until May?

  3. UWS says:

    It’s great that Cashman did his due diligence, but ultimately, is Smoltz what the Yankees need out of the 5th starter?

    Without a doubt, Smoltz is awesome when healthy. However, what we need most of all is innings and stability, neither of which he can be counted on to provide at this point.

    It is assumed that he can come in sometime around the ASB and kick butt. Who fills in for him until he does? And what if he doesn’t?

  4. steve (different one) says:

    the Yankees got outbid by the Sox? MLB needs a salary cap.

  5. Red Sox Fun Fact of the day: They still owe 18M over the next two years to Julio Lugo.

    (Luckily for them, there’s no way he makes the 600 2010 plate appearances he’d need to trigger the final 9M vesting option).

  6. Drew says:

    Why do we consider Smoltz low-risk (I understand the high reward part). It seems to me that the risk is $5.5 M for damaged goods that can’t contribute at all. I know the Sox are rich, but that’s still money. If it were $1M guaranteed with $9 M in incentives, then I could see calling it low risk. Doesn’t he at least merit “medium-risk” status?

    • Fair enough.

      Smoltz is low-risk for rich teams like us and the Sox, I suppose. Medium risk for most of baseball and high risk for the Marlins.

      5.5M is walking-around-money for John Henry.

    • A.D. says:

      5.5M is what got it done, and its one year, they’ve spent nothing this offseason, keeps the fans excited and seems like the team is making acquisitions, bunch of people will probably buy Smoltz jerseys & t-shirts. The 5M doesn’t prevent them from anything, there is no big FA left for them to sign and if it saves them shipping off a prospect for a token 5th starter, its prob worth 5M to them

      And if he’s not healthy enough to start they can probably still have him come out of the pen… which could use help.

  7. pat says:

    geez a fuckin plane just crashed into the hudson. Thank god everyone is ok.

  8. Ace says:

    Red Sox and Kevin Youkilis agreed to a four-year deal worth more than $40MM.


  9. Januz says:

    Boston did a good job signing him no doubt about it. It will be interesting to compare the numbers that Youkilis and Texieria put up over the next four years?
    As for Teixeira, thank God he did not go to Boston, could you imagine him and Youkilis with Dustin Pedroia, for the next four years? That would not have been pretty.

  10. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Better deal?
    Pavano Guarentee $1.5 mill risk?
    Hampton $1 mill Guarentee risk?
    Smoltz $5 mill Guar. Risk?
    Pettitte $13 million?

    Also, How great are the Sox? ….they paid $23 million for Lugo/Schilling/Coco? You could get that production out of Melky/Pavano/Betimit, …ha ha!

  11. Steve Sax says:

    bring me Jon Garland right this minute

  12. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Pedro + Garcia = 1 healthy pitcher …cheaper and better than Smoltz.

    • Mike Pop says:


      • Un-Named Yankee Source says:

        Smoltz = Schilling ….nothing.

        Hmmm, I have $5 million to spend and get no production? …seems to be a better deal than $8 Million for the same of Schilling last year.

        Recovering from major surgery, …to play mid season, …never shows up.

        • Mike Pop says:

          But both Pedro/Garcia are also coming back from injuries. Also, neither of them could be as good as Smoltz if both are healthy.

          • Un-Named Yankee Source says:

            so, ….we are comparing 3 injured pitchers to each other. I need to get a better job. Lets add Milton and V. Zambrano to the equation too!

      • it’s like saying Jorge + Molina = one healthy catcher!

        If only baseball worked like that…

        • Un-Named Yankee Source says:

          Here me out, …Pedro is good for the 1st 2 months of the season, just in time for Garcia’s return from rehab!

          Molina is the man! Mr. Last home run in the House that Ruth Built! He should start until he has the honor of the 1st home run in the new stadium. The House that Molina Cristened! Then cut him for Kevin Cash…it was Cashman, …but that would be nepotisim.

          • Mike Pop says:


            Pedro is not good for the first 2 months. I would rather go with Al, IPK, Phil, or Humberto than Pedro. Same goes for Garcia.

  13. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Great news, ….the return of …….SHELLEY DUNCAN!


  14. Jon Garland's Mom says:

    If you are looking for hot and sexy FA pitchers….check out.


  15. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Sorry Guys/Gals…my high school Grammar teacher called, I have to go back for some remedial education.

  16. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Who is better?

    Omar Vizquel
    Cody Ransom

  17. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Who is faster in a foot race?

    Jose Molina
    Jason Giambi (no thong)

  18. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    This is why we should trade for Barry Zito:


  19. Steve Sax says:

    Bring me Orlando Cabrera- move Jeter to Center Field

  20. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Who do you start?

    2008 129 414 42 103 12 1 8 37 141 29 58 9 2 .301 .341 .249

    2008 120 444 69 108 25 2 25 70 212 54 142 17 5 .331 .477 .243

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