Boston Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz, right,  gestures while talking with teammate Tim Wakefield during a spring training baseball practice in Fort Myers, Fla., Friday March 27, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

According to Jon Paul Morosi of, the Boston Red Sox have officially released John Smoltz after designating him for assignment back on August 7th.

Once Smoltz clears unconditional release waivers  on Wednesday, he can sign with anyone for the pro-rated minimum salary. The Red Sox will be responsible for the remaining amount on the $5.5 million contract he signed before the season began.

And according to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers, Cardinals, Marlins and Rangers are interested in the services of Smoltz.

It’s a shame that his time in Boston didn’t work out. If he could have pitched well, he could have helped the push to the playoffs.  But after seeing him pitch this season, he may not be of help to anyone unless it’s out of the bullpen.

His problems seemed to stem from facing batters for the second time in an outing. Having him pitch in relief could combat the problem. Smoltz would need to sign before August 31st to be eligible to be on the playoff roster.