Thursday, January 08, 2009

Red Sox Add Baldelli, Smoltz

The Red Sox have come to terms with former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli and former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz on one-year deals. Both are very good, low-risk deals for two solid veterans. Here's more about it from the Boston Globe.

Baldelli is a Rhode Island native and Red Sox fan, and the Red Sox checked into his medical history before signing off on the deal. He is still just 27, but figures to see plenty of action as a fourth outfielder. He will spell both Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew in the outfield. Baldelli's deal is not yet known, but sources say only $500,000 is guaranteed. He could reach as much as $7.5 million if he hits certain incentives.

Smoltz is coming off shoulder surgery and is not expected to be ready until late May. The future Hall of Famer ends a 20-year career in Atlanta, and his deal is expected to be a $5 million one, but incentives could raise it to as high as $10 million.


Peter N said...

Hello Q...I like these low income low risk high gain signings. I heard about both this morning, but was waiting for "official"'s official!

The Omnipotent Q said...

And here comes Mark Kotsay back. Nice work, Theo.