Agent denies Glavine, Mets close on new contract

Updated: November 1, 2006, 5:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tom Glavine won 15 games for the Mets and anchored a pitching staff that was decimated by injuries for the postseason stretch. If New York is going to reward the 20-year veteran, it may take some time.

Tom Glavine
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Glavine's agent denied a report in the New York Daily News that the pitcher is closing in on a two-year, $25 million contract with the club.

Clifton said there have been no negotiations since Glavine spoke to chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon about a possible return at the end of the team's season two weeks ago.

"There has been no dialogue to date,'' Clifton told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. "No conversations with the Mets have commenced whatsoever in any way, shape or form regarding Tom's option or the team's option -- or an alternative somewhere between the two.''

Glavine has a $7.5 million option for 2007, while the Mets have an option for $14 million. Since it appears that neither side will exercise its option, Glavine and the team are trying to reach a mutual agreement before the free agency filing period ends on Nov. 11.

The Mets' ace is 48-48 with a 3.85 ERA in four seasons with the team. He posted a 15-7 record with a 3.82 ERA in 198 innings in 2006 and pitched 13 scoreless innings over his first two postseason starts before allowing three runs in four innings and suffering a defeat in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series.

Glavine is 290-191 for his career with a 3.46 ERA.