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Source: Smoltz declines minors option

Updated: August 12, 2009, 6:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

John Smoltz, designated for assignment by the Red Sox after his meltdown against the Yankees last week, has refused an option to the minor leagues, a source told ESPN's Peter Gammons.

The next step is Boston's: The Red Sox can trade him, because Smoltz has cleared waivers, or they can simply release him.

According to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, there appear to be several National League teams interested in getting Smoltz, who was designated Aug. 7.

However, those ...

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