Following a disastrous outing against the New York Yankees on Thursday night, the Boston Red Sox designated starter John Smoltz for assignment on Friday.

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Now that they’ve cut Smoltz, the Red Sox have 10 days to either trade, release or send him to the minor leagues. A contender in either league could take a flier on Smoltz, but it might be hard for Boston to trade the 42-year-old.

Smoltz has been disastrous in his last four outings, giving up a total of 23 earned runs on 25 hits and he’s also allowed a whopping eight home runs. Given his age, those kinds of numbers would indicate that Smoltz is at the end of his career.

As for the Red Sox, oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com currently have Boston listed at 9/2 to win the 2009 World Series and 9/4 to win the American League crown.

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Posted: 8/7/09 11:40PM ET