Boston signs Smoltz to one-year deal

Jan. 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM

BOSTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox Tuesday signed veteran right-handed pitcher John Smoltz to a one-year contract.

Smoltz, the 1996 Cy Young winner and the only Major League pitcher with at least 200 wins and 150 saves, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a shoulder injury last June after posting a 3-2 record with a 2.57 ERA in just five starts for the Atlanta Braves.

Terms of the contract were not announced but MLB.com indicated Smoltz would earn $5.5 million next season plus incentives.

"I'm doing great and I have, over the last five surgeries, been, I guess you could say, a quick healer and very determined to rehab," said Smoltz, who likely will not get his first start for the Red Sox until June.

Smoltz, 41, has a career regular-season record of 210-147, and helped the Braves to National League pennants in 1992, 1992, 1996 and 1999 and a World Series championship in 1995.

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