Free agent right-hander John Smoltz, a likely Hall of Fame pitcher who has started and closed games since 1988, is the object of speculation that has a number of teams showing interest - including the Seattle Mariners.
Smoltz has talked publicly about returning to the National League after going 2-5 with a 8.32 earned run average with Boston in 2009. In seven starts with St. Louis late in the year, he was 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA.
The 41-year-old worked 78 innings in 15 starts last season, and ended the year with a career record of 213-155 with 154 saves.
According to Foxsports.com, the Mariners are one of about a half dozen teams that have expressed 'preliminary' interest. Like the John Lackey rumor, this one may be at the far end of reality.
Then again, that may be where the Seattle Mariners will be shopping this winter.