Jason from IIATMS just told me that he heard on XM radio that John Smoltz is en route to Atlanta today “for personal reasons.” One wonders if we’re going to have a retirement announcement or something like that shortly.
Insta-take on zero information: if he retires rather than allows the Sox to DFA him, he leaves on as high a note as he can under the circumstances. Sure, the on-the-field end will have been an ignominious one, but the overall message will be “Smoltz knew it was time to go.” A Mike Schmidt ending as opposed to a Steve Carlton ending.
Can’t say I’d blame him.
UPDATE: Smoltz was DFA’d. I’ll need more time to process this, but I’ll write something about it in the near future.