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Once again, John Smoltz is on the open market, and questions of a return home to Michigan naturally follow. Again, however, that doesn’t appear to be happening.
While several teams have expressed interest in Smoltz, including some clubs examining him as a closer, the Tigers aren’t one of them. They’ve been in touch with agent Keith Grunewald, but those talks are in regards to shortstop Adam Everett.
The Tigers had some interest in Smoltz last offseason, but weren’t going to outbid the Red Sox, who signed him to an incentive-laden one-year deal for the chance to start in Boston by summer. He struggled with the Sox and was released in August, but found some success again in the National League with the Cardinals down the stretch.
As reported by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, John Smoltz is heading north … to New England. The Red Sox will reportedly grant him his wish to remain a starter, not to mention incentives that will bring his salary to $10 million if he’s healthy and productive, and the chance to do it all for a team with World Series expectations.
Given a Boston Globe report that the Red Sox had been talking with Smoltz and his agent since before the Winter Meetings, the Tigers didn’t stand much of a chance, even with the Michigan connection.