The Atlanta Braves announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher John Smoltz on a contract extension for 2008, with options for 2009 and 2010. The deal, which includes a guaranteed contract for the 2008 season, with a vesting option for 2009 and a club option for 2010, virtually guarantees that the 39-year-old Smoltz will play his entire Major League career in a Braves uniform. Financial terms were not announced. Smoltz, who could have been a free agent after the 2007 season, owns a career record of 195-138 (.586) with 154 saves and a 3.28 ERA. He is one of only two pitchers (Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley is the other) in baseball history to post at least 150 wins and 150 saves in his career. ?This is a significant contract, both for the Braves and for John Smoltz,? said Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager John Schuerholz. ?We are delighted that John will be a Brave for at least next season and hopefully well beyond that. Through an amazing stretch of success, John has been a huge part of our club, both with his pitching and his leadership. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.?
Smoltz Agrees To Extension With Atlanta