LorfTVP Posted January 8, 2009 Share Posted January 8, 2009 Brilliant moves. Smoltz is reportedly signing for a 5.5 million base salary that can reach up to 10 million while there are no details out on Baldelli yet other than people saying he's about there. Either way, Baldelli is a great player who was simply derailed by his misdiagnosed condition and the wrong treatments. So long as he can stay healthy, he's an excellent fourth outfielder. Though this does give us the need for our backup 1b to be a 1b/OF just in case Baldelli can't play on back to back days. Still, the speed off the bench really helps. As for Smoltz, I'm surprised that he's leaving the Braves, and he won't be back until May, but this is a very high upside move. I don't know if this spells the end of Wakefield's days as a starter or a trade of a young pitcher, but it's going to create some action. As they say, you can never have enough starting pitching, but as of May, Wakefield would seem like the odd man out with Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, Penny, and Smoltz. Slowly but surely, the Sox are improving themselves. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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