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3 responses to “Cubs Looking at John Smoltz?”

  1. Doctor Good

    The Cubs should pick up Smoltz to serve as the closer they’ve lacked all year, and that they’ll need for the stretch run to catch the Cards and/or win the Wild Card race. Coupled with Ted Lilly’s return (strong return performance last night vs. San Diego), and the imminent and much needed return of staff ace Carlos Zambrano, Smoltz would provide an added boost to the pitching staff for the final six-week push and the playoffs.

    Smoltz is money for 1-to-2 innings, much like Mariano Rivera has been for more than a decade for the Yankees, as he showed when he closed for the Braves between 2002-2004. For those three years, he was one of baseball’s most dominating closers, saving 55, 45 and 44 games. The Cubs could ask him to close for the balance on this season to make a playoff run, and offer him a guaranteed contract and shot at the starting rotation in 2010. Picking up Smoltz would also have the added benefit of keeping him away from the Cardinals, who are also looking for a more consistent closer to support a resurgent starting pitching staff, thanks to Carpenter’s strong return to the rotation. Cubs would be crazy not to give it shot.

    1. The_MICK

      We already have enough aging players on this team, if it isnt one problem its another, i think our shoes were just too big too fill this year and the entire team can’t sync up. We have the talent now we need the timing.