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Braves, Glavine Agree to One-Year Deal

Well, that answers this question from yesterday. Atlanta wasted little time in re-allocating some of the money it may have put aside for Ken Griffey Jr., coming to terms with longtime Braves and erstwhile Mets starter Tom Glavine on a one-year deal.

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the contract carries a base salary of only $1 million, but could push up to $4.5 million based on incentives that are tied directly to the amount of time Glavine spends on the active roster. He'll get $1 million for the very first day he's on the team's roster, then $1.25 million for 30 days on the roster and another $1.25 million for 90 days on the roster. Put it together, and it's entirely possible that Glavine will end up with $4.5 million, though that will be entirely determined by his health.

The Glavine deal should round out Atlanta's rotation, providing that he's healthy enough to pitch on Opening Day. Derek Lowe, Javier Vasquez, Jair Jurrjens and Kenshin Kawakami are all penciled in as starters, and Glavine could provide a left-handed twist in the middle of that righty foursome.

In fairness, this deal had very little if anything to do with the team's pursuit of Ken Griffey Jr. Braves General Manager Frank Wren was working on deals for both Glavine and Griffey simultaneously in recent days, and a large portion of Glavine's incentive money will be deferred, a condition that was first broached as the Braves searched for ways to free up more money to offer Griffey.

It's worth noting that Glavine, who is just more than a month away from his 43rd birthday, still accepted the same deferrals in his deal after Griffey had already picked the Mariners. Naturally that begs the question: Will the Braves use some of that money on Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds or another outfield wild card? Atlanta fans want to know, and so does Matt Diaz.

By Cameron Smith  |  February 20, 2009; 4:35 PM ET
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1 for 3 in acquisitions this offseason and we got the worst of the bunch. Love Glavine, but he's just not that good anymore.

From Mac Thomason, the write of the blog Braves Journal ( "Let it go, Tom.

Tommy is now 42 years old. He will turn 43 on opening day. I don’t normally call for players to retire, and in general I am of the school that if they can get someone to pay them, they might as well give it a try. But he’s hurting the team. Someone’s going to get released to make room for him. He’s going to make starts that could have gone to someone who might actually help the team going forward.

Simply put, there is no evidence that Tom Glavine is still a major league-caliber pitcher. Last season, he managed 63 innings, in which he struck out only 37 — and walked the same number. I don’t know what’s worse. He allowed 11 homers, a huge rate jump. His ERA was 5.54, and he was lucky that it was that low — his fielding-independent ERA (Hardball Times calculation) was 5.90. There just aren’t any positives. If the Braves had a young staff, it might be worth keeping him around in a mentoring role, but they don’t.

Hit .105, nearly a career low; he had no extra-base hits, and so a .105 slugging percentage, which was a career low. He just can’t play Major League baseball anymore, and that’s it."

Unfortunately, I agree. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Posted by: adampschroeder | February 21, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

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