Braves Want Glavine Back

By  | 

The Atlanta Braves have made an offer to Tom Glavine, but the 300-game winner hasn't decided whether to accept a significant pay cut.

With the start of spring training just a week away, general
manager Frank Wren confirmed Sunday the Braves recently offered a
contract to Glavine, who's hoping to return for at least one more
season after going down last year with the first serious injury of
his career.

Glavine, who underwent elbow and shoulder surgery, has resumed
throwing without any pain and could be an effective fifth starter
in a rotation that includes offseason acquisitions Derek Lowe,
Javier Vazquez and Japanese all-star Kenshin Kawakami. The Braves
also have 13-game winner Jair Jurrjens.

Wren would not discuss details of the offer of Glavine, but
media reports said it would include a base salary of less than $2
million. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Glavine could
earn up to $3 million, including incentives, if he remained healthy
through the season.

Glavine, who spent the first 16 years of his career with the
Braves before moving to the New York Mets for five seasons,
returned to Atlanta in 2008 for an $8 million contract.

The Braves, who still hope to add a power-hitting outfielder,
aren't willing to offer nearly as much money to a pitcher who will
turn 43 before the start of the season and is coming off major
surgery. Glavine made only 13 starts last season, going 2-4 with a
5.54 ERA.

During the offseason, Atlanta lost another longtime stalwart of
its rotation when John Smoltz, also in his 40s and rehabbing from
season-ending surgery, took a more lucrative offer from the Boston
Red Sox. Smoltz had spent his entire career with the Braves.

"There's a point where it's worth going back and going through
everything you go through, good and bad, in getting ready and going
through a baseball season - and a point where it's not," Glavine
told the Atlanta newspaper. "There's a price for everything. I
don't know how to say that without someone getting offended. In
every business, there's a price that makes it worthwhile."

Glavine and his agent, Gregg Clifton, did not immediately return
telephone messages left by The Associated Press on Sunday.

With the retirement of former teammate Greg Maddux, Glavine
would be the leader among active pitchers with 305 wins if he
returns. He needs two to pass Eddie Plank for 20th on the career

After surgery, Glavine said he wouldn't return for another
season with any team other than the Braves. During the offseason,
he hinted he might reconsider that stance if another team was
seriously interested.