Saturday, November 17, 2007
Glavine To Likely Sign Tommorrow
"The Associated Press is reporting that Tom Glavine’s agent, Greg Clifton, told reporters that “We’ve made significant progress throughout the day”. The feeling around both the Atlanta Braves clubhouse and on Glavine’s side is that the veteran left-hander will sign a 1-year contract worth $8M tomorrow afternoon.
Glavine has made it clear that he wants to pitch for Atlanta this year, declining his $13M option with the Mets. Atlanta offered an initial $7M contract yesterday, but Clifton countered with a $8M deal that is very likely to close tomorrow.
Analysis: Tom had a 14-8 season this year, compiling a 4.45 ERA in over 200 innings pitched. He’s a good number two or three pitcher, and will fit in nicely behind John Smoltz and Tim Hudson. Atlanta’s rotation will have quite a bit of depth, as Chuck James, Mike Hampton, Jair Jurrjens, Jo-Jo Reyes, and Buddy Carlyle will fight for the two remaning rotation spot.
Great news for Braves’ fans, getting a veteran who will win you at least 12 games next year for a reasonable, 1-year contract. Plus, there will likely be an option for ‘09 just in case Glavine has a tremendous year." (MVN.com)