Sides continue to meet about contract

Updated: February 17, 2009, 12:20 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Day 2 of spring training. Still no Tom Glavine.

But it appears more and more likely baseball's only active 300-game winner will soon be in camp for the Atlanta Braves.

A major league source told FoxSports.com the Braves made a counter-offer Monday that would be close to the $4.5 million Glavine is reportedly seeking on a one-year deal. The source said Glavine would receive several monetary bonuses: a $1 million guarantee, $1 million for making the Opening Day roster and two more bonuses depending on the number of days he is active.

The source also told FoxSports.com a deal likely will be finalized Tuesday.

The Braves are eager for the 42-year-old Glavine to return as the fifth starter in a rebuilt rotation, but only if he'll take a significant cut in the $8 million he made last year, when he made only 13 starts before season-ending elbow surgery.

Clifton sounded hopeful that a deal will be reached.

"We continue to make progress," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "When you have two sides that want to be together, it shouldn't be too difficult to reach a resolution."

Manager Bobby Cox said there's no rush. Glavine has been working out on his own in Atlanta, which might be a better situation than being in camp.

"The plan all along was to keep him there rehabbing," Cox said. "If he gets down here, he starts trying to throw harder and gets out of his routine. It's better the way it is."

If healthy, Glavine would be a nice fit at the back end of a rotation that includes newcomers Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami, along with 13-game winner Jair Jurrjens.

Clifton said there's no doubt Glavine will be ready to go on Opening Day.

"Every day, he's getting stronger," the agent said.

While Glavine's situation moves toward a resolution, much of the speculation in camp has shifted toward the possibility of signing outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.

The Braves are eager to bolster an outfield that produced only 27 homers last season. While Griffey's best years are certainly behind him, he did have 18 homers and 71 RBIs splitting time between Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox in 2008.

General manager Frank Wren has acknowledged that Griffey is one of several available outfielders that he's considering, but won't say anything more.

MLB.com reported Griffey met with Wren in Orlando on Monday and that Wren was scheduled to meet with Griffey's agent, Brian Goldberg, on Tuesday.

"No news," Wren told The Associated Press on Monday when asked if a signing or trade was imminent.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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