Written by The Staff
Friday, 01 December 2006 09:23
Seems that Tom Glavine will be in New York with the Mets at least one more season.
Glavine and the Mets agreed to a one-year deal worth $10.5 million. The contract has incentives that are worth $9 million starting at 160 innings, escalating by $1 million for every 10 innings to a maximum of $13 million for 200 innings or more.
If Glavine reaches the minimum innings threshold, he reserves the right to decline the option.
Ken Rosenthal reports as to why the "feel good" notion of Glavine returing to the Braves might have fallen through:
- The Braves probably did not want to give Glavine more than they pay right-hander John Smoltz, who will earn $8 million next season.
- Braves general manager John Schuerholz does not issue no-trade clauses. The Mets were willing to grant Glavine full no-trade protection.
- The Braves sought to trade right-hander Tim Hudson to clear money for Glavine, but Schuerholz was said to be asking too high a price, seeking both quality talent and financial relief.
- Hudson signed with the Braves for a discount because of his desire to play in Atlanta. If traded, his new team might control him for only one season; Hudson could demand a trade as a player dealt in the middle of a multi-year contract. Though such players rarely exercise their right to become a free agent if no deal is completed, Hudson almost certainly would be unhappy with a trade.
- The past friction between Schuerholz and Glavine — stemming from Glavine's departure for the Mets as a free agent after the 2002 season — might have further increased the difficulty of completing a deal.