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Baldelli close with Red Sox, Smoltz just as close?

By jcfortun Published: January 8, 2009

Nick Cafardo, of The Boston Globe, is reporting that former Tampa Bay rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli is close to signing a contract with the Boston Red Sox.

The real interesting tidbit in the post though is this:

The Sox also are trying to hash out an agreement with free agent righthander John Smoltz, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Smoltz, 41, would likely not be able to pitch until late May, but the Sox normally overstaff their starting rotation to account for injuries, as they did with Bartolo Colon last season.

Sources indicated last night that Smoltz was leaning toward Boston's offer, which was said to be in the vicinity of $5.5 million guaranteed, with the opportunity to earn up to $10 million with incentives. The Sox and Smoltz have been talking since before the winter meetings. One of the incentives being discussed would be a roster bonus if Smoltz is with the team by June 1.

Once the cat was out of the proverbial bag, ESPN's Buster Olney offered his own take of the situation.


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