Off-Season Black Eye gets Blacker: John Smoltz to sign with Boston

From a report from the Red Sox site:

John Smoltz's days with the Braves appear to be over. Multiple sources have confirmed that the veteran hurler will officially sign with the Red Sox within the next two days.

A Major League source who was in contact with Smoltz on Wednesday night said the 41-year-old right-hander will be calling the Braves on Thursday morning to tell them that he has decided to sign with the Red Sox.

Smoltz began calling many of his teammates late Wednesday night to say goodbye and inform him of his decision.

I am beside myself with frustration. This has got to be the writing on the wall for the Braves 2009 season. If Smoltz doesn't even want to hang with the team, then there must be a growing notion among many in baseball that we won't be able to compete this year. Please tell me this is about Smoltz trying for another ring and not about money:

The Red Sox have been aggressively pursuing Smoltz over the past month and it appears they were able to land him with guaranteed $5.5 million contract that includes incentives that could increase his 2009 earnings to $10 million.

According to the Major League source, the incentives offered by the Red Sox were "more attainable" than the ones provided by the Braves.

Multiple sources have said the Braves were offering slightly more than $2 million guaranteed and performance-based incentives that could have increased Smoltz's earnings to approximately $7 million.

I really don't know what to think right now.

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