ATLANTA (AP) _ The Braves held their first formal talks Wednesday in pursuit of 300-game winner Tom Glavine, hoping to lure him back to
Atlanta to finish his career.
Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, met with Braves general manager
Frank Wren at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where Wren was scouting an
Arizona Fall League game.
The 41-year-old Glavine was at his home in Atlanta and did not
attend. The Braves already spoke with Clifton last week to express
an interest in having the left-hander rejoin his original team.
The two sides have not started talking money yet, but that will
come. Glavine turned down a $13 million option to return to the New
York Mets for a sixth year.
Wren has made it clear that Glavine is one of Atlanta's top
offseason targets. The Braves are eager to add depth to a rotation
that relied heavily on John Smoltz and Tim Hudson this past season.
They cleared room in the payroll by trading shortstop Edgar
Renteria for prospects.
Glavine went 13-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 200 1-3 innings this past
season for the Mets. He pitched for the Braves from 1987-2002,
winning two NL Cy Young awards and putting up five 20-win seasons.
He kept his home in Atlanta even after a bitter split from the team
when he signed with the Mets.
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