What a strange time we live in. I mean, John Smoltz a Marlin? That would be like a Republican supporting this new health care package being pushed by the Obama administration.
But seriously, really? Yes.
Joe Capozzi, of the Palm Beach Post, is reporting that the Marlins are one of the teams that is interested in giving Smoltz employment. The situation is this – the Red Sox demoted Smoltz who refused to accept his minor league assignment. In doing so, the Red Sox have until Sunday to make a deal – either trade Smoltz or release him. If they release him, the Red Sox are responsible for the $5.5M owed Smoltz for this season.
What is interesting is that the Marlins actually have an in with Smoltz. Fredi Gonzalez coached with the Braves and has a very good relationship with Smoltz. Even more interesting is the fact that the Marlins are in contention and grumbling internally about finding another starter that gives them a chance to win every 5th day. With all the injuries and inconsistencies, an addition like Smoltz could prove beneficial as well as serve as an influence for the young pitching staff.
The Marlins are in the mix. They are winning ball games and getting it done with a very dynamic approach every night. Adding a veteran like Smoltz would boost their depth as well as their experience and veteran leadership much in the same way that Wes Helms and Ross Gload have helped the offense. Could be a very intriguing addition that would help match the Phillies’ addition of Pedro Martinez as well.