In his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show on Tuesday, Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal discussed the Red Sox' pitching rotation, including the expectations for returning starter John Smoltz and Brad Penny's status on the trade market.
Rosenthal suggested that expectations about the 42-year-old Smoltz' potential contributions need to be tempered.
"From what I've heard from scouts who have recently seen him, he's not the old John Smoltz, and no one should expect that. He's a fourth or fifth starter now," said Rosenthal. "He's a different cat. His competitiveness is such that maybe he can do things that some people can't. I can't count out this guy. I'm anxious to see how this goes not just for one start but for several."
As for Penny's trade value, Rosenthal suggested that it seemed unlikely that the Sox would move him given his present value to Boston.
"His [trade] value might be peaking at this moment, but if you're the Sox, he's shown you what he can do at this level of competition, which we all know is pretty hard to do," said Rosenthal. "The offers weren't enticing enough for the Sox to move him."
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