And the Globe reports that Boston is
trying to hash out an agreement with veteran free-agent right-hander John Smoltz, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Smoltz, 41, would likely not be able to play until late May ...Peter Gammons on Teixeira, the Red Sox and the Yankees, and Manny, Boras, and the AL East. Old Hickory sees the 2009 standings as: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays.
As of last night, sources indicated that Smoltz was leaning toward Boston's offer which was said to be somewhere in the vicinity of $5.5 million guaranteed with the opportunity to earn a few million in incentives which could hike the salary up to $10 million. The Sox and Smoltz have been talking since before the Winter Meetings.