If the Red Sox release John Smoltz, should the Yankees consider signing him?
I know the proposition may sound absurd after Smoltz’s brutal performance in the Bronx just a week ago, however, if he can be had at the pro-rated major league minimum then it seems like Smoltz could be useful. Right now, the Yankees are looking at Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin to help them round out their rotation. Russ Ortiz, Kei Igawa, Josh Towers and Jason Hirsh could also be used to fill-out the pitching staff. Is Smoltz any worse than the guys I just mentioned? His 8.33 ERA would suggest that he is, yet his 4.93 FIP and .390 BABIP—which is bound to regress—may offer a glimmer of hope. His command and his stuff (7.43 K/9) are also pretty good this year, as evidenced by his 3.67 K/BB. In fact, this season, Smoltz has been an excellent pitcher against righties, holding them to a .232 BAA. If he can just figure out how to pitch to lefties in the AL (.444 BAA), then he could be a worthwhile pickup.
Imagine the great storyline the acquisition would bring, as well. That would definitely be something, especially if Smoltz signs and is a better pitcher while with the Yankees. Of course, I’m not saying that he’s worth a contract for that reason. Instead, what I am saying is that given his experience and based on a few of his statistics (i.e., FIP, BABIP, K/9, BB/9), it’s not ridiculous to think that he’ll rebound if given another opportunity to pitch—that’s all, and maybe that opportunity will be in New York.
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