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If not on Sox, Smoltz would have suitors

If not on Sox, Smoltz would have suitors

It appears veteran right-hander John Smoltz will have the opportunity to pitch again, if he chooses to take it.

According to a report on ESPN.com, the Texas Rangers as well as some National League teams have interest in acquiring the 42-year-old pitcher.

The Red Sox designated Smoltz for assignment on Friday, and he is said to be mulling his options. The Red Sox have not ruled out keeping the veteran righty in their organization if he chooses to accept an assignment to the Minor Leagues and possibly transition into a relief role.

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According to the report, the Red Sox would like Smoltz to restructure a clause in his contract that allows him to make $35,000 for each day he is on the Major League roster.

The report also states it is unlikely that any NL team would be willing to take Smoltz in a trade without the Red Sox agreeing to some form of financial adjustment. The Dodgers, Cubs, Brewers and Astros are seeking pitching. The Rangers, meanwhile, recently cut ties with starting pitcher Vicente Padilla and are in the market for veteran pitching.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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