“Nothing Is Closed” For Smoltz

10:47am: Smoltz is seeking at least $3MM, reports David Waldstein of the New York Times.  Waldstein feels that the Mets' near-agreement with Hisanori Takahashi takes them out of the running for Smoltz.

9:58am: Free agent pitcher John Smoltz was noncommittal in his talk with Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  In reference to his next team, Smoltz replied, "Nothing is closed for me."  He has nothing in the works and hasn't decided whether he'll wait until midseason to sign.

Understandably, Schultz gives extra play to the possibility of a Braves reunion.  It'd be a nice way to go out, and Smoltz remains in contact with Braves manager Bobby Cox.  Still, as far as opportunities go, the Braves appear set with their rotation and the back end of the bullpen.

Ten teams have expressed interest in Smoltz at various points this winter, according to reports: the Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Yankees, Cardinals, Dodgers, Mariners, Astros, Rangers, and Orioles.


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