Tom Glavine returns to Braves

By: assocaited press
By: assocaited press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Tom Glavine is coming home.

The 303-game winner returned to the Atlanta Braves today, agreeing to an 8 million dollar, one-year contract.

The agreement between the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and
the Braves was revealed by a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced it.

The person said Glavine already has taken a physical for the Braves.

The Braves needed less than a week to lure Glavine back after an acrimonious split in 2002 that led to him spending five seasons with the New York Mets.

Glavine maintained his home in Atlanta even after he signed with the Mets, and it was clear the crafty left-hander wanted to finish his career with the Braves when he turned down a 13 million dollar option to return to New York in 2008, taking a three million dollar buyout.

He then gave the Braves a bit of a hometown discount, something he wouldn't do five years ago. The contract includes no performance bonuses.

The Braves held their first talks with Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, on Wednesday in Phoenix. Two days later, the Braves made an offer and Clifton reacted positively, a sure sign that a deal wouldn't take long to reach.


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