For two guys who spent 99% of their careers with one major league team, it's hard to imagine them departing. I know it happens all the time, but seeing a player on the downside of his career playing for either a respectable team looking to squeeze one more ounce of greatness out of a legend, or a loser team trying fill some seats in an empty stadium, is still a little offsetting. And considering San Diego and Atlanta treated their respective player like washed-up one-trick hooker when free agency began in November, I guess they had no choice.
In Smoltz's case, he can help the Red Sox in many ways, and most importantly, he fits their player mold - he's overwhelmingly white and he has an unkempt beard.
Hoffman falls into the latter situation I listed above if he signs with the Brewers. People in the Midwest love a good show or spectacle, per say. They're like