John Smoltz hasn’t made his retirement official, but between accepting the broadcasting job and the following quote, there ain’t no way he’s coming back:
“I think my desire
to come back last year was to show myself I can still play. I proved
that to myself, and I think I’m ready to move on with my life . . . I just don’t miss
playing. I thought I would, but I don’t.”
And with that we can officially close the books on the Doyle Alexander trade. I think the Braves won it.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.
Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.
Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.