Yanks were interested in Smoltz?
According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the Yankees “went after [John] Smoltz hard before they acquired Javier Vazquez.” Given the lack of solid options available on the current free agent market, Smoltz, 42, would have been a nice pickup had the Yankees not acquired Vazquez. I would rather have his low-cost upside – 8.42 K/9, 4.06 K/BB, 3.87 FIP last season – than, say, Joel Pineiro at two-years and $16 million. Plus, by adding Smoltz, the Yankees probably would have signed Johnny Damon by now (though I wonder what would have happened to Melky/Gardner). So, while Vazquez is a much better option, signing Smoltz would not have been a bad move, all things considered.
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