November 01, 2006

Two years for Glavine

Adam Rubin at The New York Daily News, writes about Tom Glavine and the deal that's in the works for him:

Not only does Tom Glavine appear poised to remain a Met, he apparently intends to pitch in Flushing through the 2008 season. Glavine and the Mets are deep in discussions about a two-year, $25 million contract that should be completed shortly, a source told the Daily News.

"The only reason, really, that it's even a question is my family," Glavine said Oct. 20. Glavine also suggested that day that '07 would be his final season, provided he notched 10 more victories and reached the 300 plateau.

However, one other factor has since surfaced and appears to have altered the southpaw's mindset. Glavine, who has shared a stage with John Smoltz and Greg Maddux throughout their distinguished major-league careers, would prefer not to enter the Hall of Fame in the same class as Maddux, according to a source. Maddux figures to retire after the '07 season, meaning

Glavine would need to pitch through '08 to ensure they are in separate classes if both are elected on the first ballot.

For that reason, along with his rebirth as a pitcher, Glavine appears intent on pitching two more seasons as he nears his 41st birthday during spring training.

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