Glavine – who is 10 victories shy of 300 for his career – has said that he hopes to only pitch one more season, reach the milestone, and then retire.
He continues to be undecided as to whether he would prefer to accomplish the feat in the uniform of the Mets or the Atlanta Braves, who play their home games a short drive from his Alpharetta, Ga. home. Glavine has said he hopes to reach a decision before the beginning of the MLB Winter Meetings, which kick off Dec. 4 in Orlando.
Glavine's presence takes on added importance for a Mets club that will play at least the first half of 2007 without Pedro Martinez. The Mets have also made an effort to re-sign starter Orlando Hernandez, who was unable to pitch in the postseason because of a torn calf suffered before the start of the National League Division Series.
The ballpark, which is set to rise in the parking lot beyond centerfield of Shea Stadium, will have the name "CitiField" and be open for the 2009 season. Signs have already been posted in the construction site bearing the new stadium's name.
Should Acta leave for the Nationals, the New York Daily News said, possible in-house candidates to replace Acta on the Mets' coaching staff would include Ken Oberkfell, Howard Johnson and Gary Carter.