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Glavine Returns to the Mets After All

Mike SteffanosFriday, December 1, 2006
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:

Winter Meetings
Mets.com's Marty Noble has a couple of pieces previewing the meeting with a feature on the Mets' need for pitching and a Winter Meetings checklist.

MetsBlog: Jonathan Mayo Interview
Matt interviews MinorLeagueBaseball.com's Jonathan Mayo on the Mets farm system.

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Comments (4)

Good post. I completely agree with you. The man had a serious decision, and he made it. Good for him. I love the fact that he will mentor our young pitchers at a critical juncture in their development. A lefty like Perez will learn A LOT from him and El Duque. This has implications beyond this season and fills a need at a pretty reasonable price.

I thought I didn't care one way or the other about Glaven. But I am surprized how happy I am that he signed with us. Maybe I was setting up my feelings, like the fox and the sour grapes, if he went to Atlanta. Now add Zito and we look pretty good with Maine and Perez and Hernandez. I get the feeling "o Man" may pass on Zito and trade for a pitcher instead?

Matt - I'm glad he's back, too. I just hope that the Mets get their rotation straightened out this year so that they aren't hanging on a 40+ year old pitcher next year.
Rev - I still think with Zito the big key is years. If he gets a 6 or 7 year contract I hope the Mets pass.

Ditto mike.

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