By Mike Steffanos
Multiple sources are reporting that southpaw Tom Glavine has agreed to return to the Mets for a 1-year deal worth $11 million. There is also a player option for 2008.
The AP quotes Glavine on his gratitude towards the way the Mets treated him:
They gave me as much time as I needed. They never pressured me.
Glavine also claims that playing in New York has grown on him over the last 4 years.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, Glavine's desire to return to the city that he still calls home and the team for whom he pitched for 16 years was completely understandable. Glavine could have dragged this out through next week while he was waiting for Atlanta to make him an offer. To his credit, he decided not to, and now the Mets head into the winter meetings next week with much more leverage. Whether it is a trade discussion or speaking with Scott Boras about Barry Zito, there will not be that perception across the table that the Mets are dealing from a position of weakness and desperation.
A couple of other quick items:
MetsBlog: Jonathan Mayo Interview
Matt interviews MinorLeagueBaseball.com's Jonathan Mayo on the Mets farm system.