I don't think it's fair to compare Smoltz's situation with other 'closer-turned-starter' guys.
Dude was a top-end starter for years before converting to the pen, so he knows exactly what he's in for. Plus, this is something he's been begging for; it's not like a management-forced switch that'll mess with his head.
In a couple interviews I've read/heard in recent years, he said preparing to throw for short stretches as often as four games in five days was way more stressful than going every fifth day. I wouldn't expect a bunch of complete games, but if he comes out of spring training healthy, I'd see him as a solid No. 3 (fantasy) starter, a top-100 guy like Trevisc is talking about.
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