Tom Glavine Released
Tom Glavine has been released by the Atlanta Braves, just as he was on the brink of returning from shoulder and elbow surgeries.
Glavine had just enjoyed a 6-inning, 64-pitch outing in a final tuneup for Rome, an A-level minor league club. He did not allow any runs and 44 of those tosses were for strikes.
It is assumed that the Braves are not in a position to add Glavine to the 25-man roster, and in fact are in the market for hitting, and decided to dump Glavine for budgetary reasons. Glavine was to earn a $1M bonus if the Braves added him to the active roster, another $1.25 after 30 days of being with the Braves and then $1.25 million more after 90 days.
Without having to pay Glavine the bonus money, the Braves can use those dollars instead in an effort to add a veteran bat.
Are the Mets in the market for a starter, or are they going to continue to send Tim Redding to the mound in hopes he’ll come around? If they ARE in the market, is Glavine a consideration? Would he be cheaper than Pedro Martinez? Healthier than Ben Sheets? Better than Tim Redding?
If so, did the final game of 2008 erase the fans’ memory of the last game of 2007?
I would rather see one of the AAA guys (Niese, Figueroa, Broadway) fill in until either:
A. Perez or Redding right themselves
or B. a trade can be made for a starter,
than to bringing in yet another old guy and the injuries that come with it. Have we learned nothing from the Alou, El Duque, Freddie Garcia, and even Pedro signings?