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Fox Sports: Several teams express interest in Smoltz





I wonder why the Cardinals didn't take the chance to sign future Hall of Famer John Smoltz when they had exclusive rights.

The guy said he wanted to come back here the day the season ended, but now the ante is rising... The team said it was focused on bringing back Matt Holliday. So, if Holliday is re-signed, am I to believe we will go with a three-man rotation?

The Fox report:

The Cardinals, Dodgers, Mets and Mariners are among the teams that have expressed preliminary interest in free-agent right-hander John Smoltz, according to a major-league source.

Smoltz, 42, is open to starting or relieving, and some teams have inquired about him as a closer, the source said. The Astros, Rangers and Orioles also have shown interest in the 22-year veteran.

The Dodgers represent a potentially intriguing fit — the team wants to add veteran starting pitching as it braces for the potential losses of free-agent left-hander Randy Wolf and right-handers Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland.

Dodger Stadium is pitcher-friendly, as are the Mets and Mariners' home parks. Smoltz likely would prefer to stay in the N.L. — he went 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA in eight starts for the Red Sox last season before going 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in seven starts for the Cardinals.

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