ajc.com | Braves | It’s final: Smoltz will remain Braves’ closer

I never expected otherwise. Leaving aside the financial considerations, I think that the Braves are convinced Smoltz can’t hold up to starting. This means there’s a definite hole in the starting rotation. We’ll see what happens.

Unless Gary Sheffield really wants to be a Yankee, the Braves are actually in good shape. The Yankee offer is reportedly two years, $22 million. The Braves have apparently offered a three year deal at $30 million.

The Braves have picked up Gary Mathews Jr. on waivers. He’s supposedly going to compete for a backup job in the outfield. He’s not very good.

(Thanks to Creg.)