Braves Want Glavine

Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren has called Tom Glavine to express the club’s interest in bringing him back to the organization. Whether or not Glavine is pitching in Atlanta next year will become clearer next week when the two parties are able to begin talking dollars and cents.

Wren’s announcement was publicly confirmed after the second day of events at the General Manager Meetings in Orlando, Florida. Glavine, who pitched with the Braves from 1987 to 2002, would be a welcome boost to the beat-up and shady Atlanta starting pitching roster.

The Braves hope to receive a “hometown discount” from Glavine, who still has a home in suburban Atlanta (the best place to live in America). Glavine has previously mentioned that he wishes to play alongside his great friend John Smoltz.

“We think adding Tommy would clearly make our rotation a lot better,” said Frank Wren of the 41-year-old Glavine. Glavine has won at least thirteen games in the last three seasons, pitching close to 200 innings in each of those seasons.

Glavine has declined New York’s $13 million option for the 2008 season, which is probably an indication that he wants to pitch in Atlanta. It certainly means he doesn’t want to stay in New York (who can blame him?), but I am hoping that he returns to Atlanta. If he is going to make the Hall of Fame, I want to see him retire as an Atlanta Brave.

In the 2007 season, Glavine had 23 quality starts (ranking fifth in the NL). He also had a stretch where he went 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA. Basically, Glavine is still solid, and will bolster the clubhouse not only with his physical presence, but his mental acuity as well. The Braves had only two consistent starters this year in John Smoltz and Tim Hudson. Mike Hampton, who is set to enter the rotation in 2008, is going to take some time to settle in to the game. Quite frankly, I don’t see Hampton contributing much to the team, and going after Glavine (and possibly another starting pitcher) is a wise move at this time. Wren is making his presence felt as the new General Manager of the Braves, and so far he’s doing a pretty good job.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 8, 2007.

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