Tuesday Jan. 13, 2009
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have announced the signing of right-hander John Smoltz, who joins the team after major offseason shoulder surgery.
Smoltz was scheduled to appear at a news conference laterTuesday.
A preliminary agreement was reached last week on the deal, which is believed to be for one year and $5.5 million, with an added $5 million in possible performance bonuses.
The 41-year-old Smoltz has 210 wins, 154 saves and a 3.26 ERA in a 20-year career with the Atlanta Braves. Last season, he was 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA before hitting the disabled list in June. Smoltz says he will be a starter once he's ready to pitch.
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