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Mets talking with John Smoltz

The Mets are reportedly in talks with free agent starter/reliever John Smoltz, according to the New York Daily News. The Mets would use Smoltz as a back-end starter, considering his success late last season with the Cardinals.

Smoltz, who will be 43 in May, posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in seven starts with the Cardinals.

The Mets are running out of options for the back-end of their rotation, which could mean some of their younger prospects may get a shot. Free agent Jon Garland is still available, as are veterans Ben Sheets, Mark Mulder, and Erik Bedard