Report: Smoltz Clears Waivers

Report: Smoltz Clears Waivers Will another team get a chance to experiment with John Smoltz?

We'll soon find out. The future Hall of Famer cleared waivers on Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

Smoltz made eight starts for Boston — and struggled through almost all of them — before being designated for assignment following a particularly ineffective performance against New York on Thursday night. He went 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA.

Boston has until Sunday to decide what to do with Smoltz. The Red Sox can release him, trade him or send him to the minor leagues — and if they choose to go that route, it is likely that Smoltz will return to the bullpen in September. 

That may not happen, as reports have circulated that the Dodgers and the Rangers are interested in acquiring him — and Smoltz reportedly told ESPN that he will not accept a minor-league deal.

In 21 seasons in the majors, Smoltz has compiled a 212-152 career record (a .582 winning percentage) and a 3.32 ERA. From 2001 to 2004, he spent the bulk of his time in Atlanta's bullpen, where he racked up 154 saves, a 2.65 ERA, 300 strikeouts and just 55 walks.

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