The Marlins are looking for pitching help, and John Smoltz is exploring new job opportunities.
Whether the two sides come together remains a long-shot at this point. But that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t considering the prospect of adding the veteran right-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Aug. 7.
If he is not traded before 2 p.m. ET on Monday, Smoltz becomes a free agent. If the Marlins swing a deal for Smoltz, they’d be looking at picking up the remainder of his salary. The daily breakdown would be about $35,000, unless the Red Sox agree to pick up a large bulk of the remaining contract.
According to a source, teams believed to have interest in Smoltz are the Marlins, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rangers.
The 42-year-old right-hander could be open to either starting or pitching out of the bullpen. The Marlins have a need for both.
Smoltz last pitched on Aug. 6 in the Red Sox’s loss to the Yankees. He threw 3 1/3 innings that day, giving up eight runs while walking four. He was 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA in eight starts for Boston.
In his stellar career, which started in Atlanta in 1988, Smoltz has a 212-152 record with a 3.32 ERA. He also has 154 saves.
In Atlanta, he worked closely with Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who formerly was the Braves third base coach.
“I think he’s a tremendous competitor and a good guy,” Gonzalez said of Smoltz, noting that he couldn’t say anything regarding the Marlins possibily acquiring the veteran.
– Joe Frisaro