LAS VEGAS — John Smoltz wants to pitch for a team that could take him to the World Series.
He hopes that’s still the Atlanta Braves, the team for whom he has pitched since 1988, but the 41-year-old free agent is considering the Red Sox, the New York Mets, and his hometown Detroit Tigers as possible destinations, according to a major league source.
While his agent, Keith Grunewald, would not confirm Smoltz’s preferences, he did say that he’s sent out videos of the righthander’s recent throwing session to preferred teams and has also sent his medical records. Smoltz underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June.
“He threw all of his pitches, curveball, slider, splitter. He looked great,” said Grunewald, who said Smoltz would prefer to be a starting pitcher. Smoltz was extremely effective as the Braves’ closer from 2002-04.
The agent would not comment on whether he’s received a response from any of the teams on Smoltz’s list.
Smoltz, the 1996 National League Cy Young award winner, has 210 victories, 154 saves, and a 3.26 ERA in his stellar career.