Veteran starting pitcher John Smoltz has found a new home as he has decided to head back to the National League and sign with the St. Louis Cardinals.
After a brief, disastrous stint with the Boston Red Sox earlier this season, Smoltz was released and therefore free to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent. The former Cy Young winner now hopes to rejuvenate his career by once again pitching in the National League, which was his home for so many years as a member of the Atlanta Braves.
The Cardinals hope that Smoltz will be ready to join them on Thursday in San Diego, although it’s unclear at this point if he’ll be the club’s fifth starter or join the bullpen. Considering he fought the idea of being a reliever in Boston, St. Louis probably views Smoltz as a starter as of right now.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL currently list the Cardinals’ 2009 World Series odds at 10/1 and their NL Pennant odds at 5/1.
Posted: 8/19/09 5:30PM ET