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.
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