The Phillies have kicked the tires on free agent pitcher John Smoltz, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark. Smoltz could be a fit as a starter or late-inning reliever, assuming he gets past his dislike of Citizens Bank Park. Smoltz, 43 in May, pitched well for the Cardinals last year, posting 40 strikeouts and nine walks in 38 innings. His strikeout-walk numbers for Boston were strong as well, though he had problems with hits and home runs.
Stark, by the way, believes the Phillies will not offer arbitration to either of their Type B free agent relievers, Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre.