Braves interested in bringing back former standout Glavine

11/7/2007 - MLB Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves + more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves would like to bring back
Tom Glavine after a five-year absence.

New general manager Frank Wren spoke with the two-time Cy Young
Award winner and his agent, Gregg Clifton. Wren said Wednesday he
will call again next week, after teams can start making offers to
free agents.

Glavine spent his first 16 major league seasons with Atlanta,
then pitched for the New York Mets for five years. He lives in
suburban Atlanta and was hoping to get an offer from the Braves
after the 2006 season. Atlanta never made an offer, and he agreed
Dec. 1 to re-sign with the Mets.

"It wasn't that we weren't interested. It was just the timing
of when Tom had to make a decision and when we could make a
decision based on our roster and our payroll and where we were at
the time," Wren said. "We have flexibility this year to be more
active in both the trade market and the free-agent market."

Glavine, a left-hander who turns 42 in March, was 13-8 with a
4.45 ERA for the Mets this year, when he earned his 300th win. He
was hit hard in his final two starts as the Mets collapsed down the
stretch, including the season-ending loss to Florida when he failed
to get out of the first inning.

"We had a very nice conversation," Clifton said. "We agreed
to probably speak next week."

Clifton said Glavine could make a decision during the week
before the winter meetings, which start Dec. 3.

"We're going to just let him spend some time with his family
and see what he wants to do," Mets general manager Omar Minaya
said. "If he says he wants to come back, we have to sit down with
him, and let's look at what he's looking for."

On the third day of the general managers' meetings, each GM stood up and stated what their offseason goals were. Many mentioned specific
players they were making available. The idea was suggested by
Boston's Theo Epstein and Florida's Larry Beinfest, co-chairs of
this year's meeting.

"Usually it takes a while to be able to reach all 29 other
teams and hear what they're trying to do. This increased our
efficiency tremendously. It saves us all a lot of time," Epstein
said. "Some teams were specific. Some were more guarded."