Major league baseball’s career saves leader Lee Smith wants to come out of retirement and pitch again in 1998.
Agent Brian David has begun contacting clubs in an attempt to find a spot for Smith, who retired suddenly on July 15. Smith went 0-1 with a 5.81 ERA in 25 games with the Montreal Expos. He converted five of six save opportunities.
Smith, who turns 40 in December, has been working out regularly at his home in Castor, La.
“He just wants to play,” David said. “This won’t be a financial issue, and it’s not about him being a closer. A team could take a shot at him without risking much.”
Smith has 478 career saves in 1,016 relief appearances. He set a major league record with 10 seasons of 30 saves or more, and won three Rolaids Relief Man titles.