Braves Extend John Smoltz

John Schuerholz, the Braves’ "homeboy upstairs," came through with a contract extension for ace pitcher John Smoltz today.  A March report questioned whether Smoltz would remain a Brave, and the pitcher publicly considered moving on from the Braves last August.  But now he’ll finish his career with Atlanta, which just feels right.

Basically Smoltz is guaranteed a fair-market $14MM next year, with additional options based on innings pitched.  He said in the past he wouldn’t sign any more team-friendly deals, but this one does lean towards the Braves.  They’re only obligated to him if he stays healthy and makes 30+ starts.  He probably could’ve gotten two years guaranteed on the open market despite his age.

Smoltz seems a lock for the Hall of Fame, as he’ll have 200+ wins and 154 saves to his name.

There’s one less free agent starter to be had; check out the updated list here.

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