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Cards favored to land Smoltz

Multiple reports say that John Smoltz is likely to sign with the Cardinals -- as soon as Wednesday.







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Former Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz is expected to make a decision about which team he will sign with Wednesday. Many speculate he wants to come to St. Louis to be reunited with former teammates Adam Wainwright and Mark DeRosa. AP photo.





Smoltz, who is expected to clear waivers at midday Wednesday after being released by Boston, is being pursued by several teams besides St. Louis. They include the Dodgers, Marlins and Rangers. But the 42-year-old veteran pitcher has told friends that he believes the Cardinals are the best fit.





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The Cardinals are said to want Smoltz, who has been pummeled by lefties to the tune of a .440 batting average so far this season, to serve as a specialist who gets one or two righthanded batters out late in the game. Righties hit .232 against Smoltz. But he may be considered for a spot in the rotation with Todd Wellemeyer's struggles and questionable elbow.





During his first 25 pitches of an appearance, batters hit .257 against Smoltz. In his second 25 pitches, he allows hitters a .327 batting average.

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