After mulling his future and speaking at length with Sox general manager Theo Epstein over the past few days, John Smoltz indicated he will not return to pitch in a relief role.
“The next move would be for the organization to trade or release him,” manager Terry Francona. “That’s still a ways off, but that’s where we’re at. He’s indicated he does not want to come back.”
After more than a year of tireless rehab, Smoltz’s Red Sox tenure was a misadventure from the start. He compiled an 8.33 ERA in eight starts, culminating with the eight earned runs he allowed in 3 1/3 innings last Thursday in Yankee Stadium.
The Red Sox designated for assignment the next day.