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Marlins considering Smoltz

As expected, John Smoltz was released by the Red Sox on Monday afternoon. Once he clears unconditional waivers on Wednesday, the 42-year-old right-hander will become a free agent.

Strong indications are the Marlins are interested in Smoltz to be a starter in their rotation. It is believed that about six teams are weighing the prospect of signing Smoltz. The Cardinals, Dodgers, Rangers and Astros also have been mentioned.

The Red Sox designated Smoltz for assignment on Aug. 7. With Boston, the veteran was 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA.

In 20 years with the Braves, Smoltz won 210 games and had 154 saves.

The Marlins are looking for bullpen depth, but it appears they are interested in Smoltz to start.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Smoltz-Marlins update

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

 

Wood optioned, Marlins interested in Smoltz

With the bullpen being so heavily used in the first three games of the series, the Marlins made a roster move following their 14-6 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night.

Right-hander Tim Wood was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. The team on Thursday will announce who will be called up.

The Marlins are exploring the waiver wires for possible relief help. A big name on Florida’s radar is veteran John Smoltz, recently released by the Red Sox. A source said the Marlins are interested in the right-hander. 

Choices are Chris Leroux and Cristhian Martinez. Both are at Double-A Jacksonville. Another right-hander to keep an eye on is veteran Esteban Yan, who has signed a Minor League deal and he was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. Yan last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2006.

Yan is not on the 40-man roster, but Leroux and Martinez are.

The Marlins bullpen has pitched 16 1/3 innings in the first three games with Houston, with the series finale on Thursday night.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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