This is not terribly surprising:
John Smoltz’s brief career with the Red Sox is over. Smoltz has refused the option of an assignment to the minor leagues, leaving the Red Sox with the option of either trading him or releasing him.
They could trade him because he has cleared waivers, but one of the reasons he cleared waivers is because no one wants any part of that contract and all of its roster incentives, which I presume travels with him. I can’t really feature anyone giving anything of value for the guy, so I’m assuming that we’re going to see him released in the next couple of days.