Press Row: Arbitration for Glavine

The Mets are expected to offer Tom Glavine salary arbitration by Friday evening's deadline, meaning the club would receive a second-round draft pick if the left-hander signs elsewhere.

Glavine has publicly stated on numerous occasions that he will only pitch for one of two teams in 2007, the Mets or the Atlanta Braves.

The question continues to remain if the Braves will even offer Glavine a contract before the beginning of the winter meetings Monday, an unofficial deadline of sorts for Glavine, who told the Mets that he did not want to hold up their pursuit of other pitching options.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that Glavine has not spoken with the Braves since Tuesday. The newspaper also noted that the Mets are believed to be prepared to offer Glavine a two-year deal worth at least $22 million to stay.

Besides Glavine, the Mets also have two other Class A free agents in outfielder Cliff Floyd and right-hander Roberto Hernandez, neither of whom are expected to receive arbitration offers.

Hernandez, meanwhile, is approaching a deal with the Cleveland Indians, which is likely to be held back until after the arbitration deadline to avoid giving the Mets a draft pick.

Right-hander Guillermo Mota, who was hit with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, could garner an arbitration offer.

  • The Mets have interviewed Gary Carter for their third-base coach opening, Newsday reported, and also plan to speak with Howard Johnson and Ken Oberkfell.

    Carter managed the St. Lucie Mets to a Florida State League title in 2006 and has been consistent in his hopes for a major league managing job, although a perceived lack of experience has hurt him in several pursuits. Johnson spent the season as the hitting coach under Oberkfell at Triple-A Norfolk of the International League.

    The vacancy stems from the departure of Manny Acta, who left the Mets to accept the Washington Nationals' managerial job in November.

  • Reliever Duaner Sanchez is expected to be "100 percent ready for spring training," his agent, Bean Stringfellow, told the New York Post.

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