The Braves Show has learned that the Atlanta Braves are close to a contract to bring back left-hander Tom Glavine.
Glavine has been contemplating a return to New York, where he has spent the last four seasons pitching with the Mets. But with his family and home still in Atlanta, and the prospect of winning his 300th career game in an Atlanta uniform, the lure of once again being a Brave is strong.
Sources say the deal could be in the $7-$8 million area and could also include some type of option for the 2008 season.
Glavine was 242-143 in his sixteen seasons with the Braves before leaving for the Mets in December of 2002. He was 48-48 in his four seasons with the Mets, including a 15-7 season in 2006. He's 290-191 in his career, making him ten wins shy of the magical 300 number of wins.
Glavine will be 41 years old next March. He first came up with the Braves in 1987 and won two Cy Young Awards (1991 and 1998). Glavine is a ten-time All Star, including eight appearances as a Brave.
Stay tuned to The Braves Show for continuing coverage of the potential return of Tom Glavine.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. The book includes a chapter on Tom Glavine. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at email@example.com.
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