- Red Sox DFA John Smoltz
Three years of glory as a closer. Fourteen years as an anchor starter for Atlanta. Part of one of the greatest pitching rotations ever, Glavine, Maddux, Smoltz. A dream 1996 season, while the Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta, stealing the spotlight, Smoltz quietly went 24-8 with a ERA of 2.94, a WHIP of 1.00, and a league-leading 276 strikeouts, that year he won his only Cy Young award. Eight All-Star Game selections. A Silver Slugger award. Altogether eighteen years of greatness as one of the best pitchers of the game, going strong through his age 40 season. Then a year of the injury bug. But still he tried to make a comeback. He unceremoniously departed from the Braves in the 2009 offseason to start his comeback afresh, in a new league, with a new team, the Boston Red Sox. John Smoltz struggled mightily with the Red Sox this year. Nothing went right for him. At age 42, Smoltz has had a great career. But its time for him to accept that it’s over. Five years from now, he will stand next to his rotation mates, Glavine, and Maddux, as the anchors of the best rotation of their era enter the HOF together.