Smoltz picked Red Sox over Yankees
Brian Cashman’s efforts to upgrade the Yankees’ rotation may not be completely from within.
John Smoltz told Dan Patrick that he chose the Red Sox over other interested clubs, one of which was the Yankees. Smoltz also selected Boston over the Dodgers in leaving Atlanta after a long and illustrious career there.
This is interesting in that Cashman had said that the Yankees would round out their rotation from within, but were willing to at least make a run at Smoltz, who secured a guaranteed deal worth $5.5 million from the Red Sox. Once again, this is further evidence the light may no longer be on for Andy Pettitte, who was offered $10 million on a one-year basis in November.
If the season opened today, the Yankees would choose their fifth starter from the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Jason Johnson.