June 03, 2009
Why, it's because the 43-year-old lefty was just surprisingly given his walking papers by the Braves in news that came as somewhat of a shock to the baseball world.
Glavine said he thought he pitched well in a minor league rehab start on Tuesday, but the Braves are said to be disappointed with his low velocity. While cutting the Hall of Fame-lock pitcher will cost Atlanta public relations-wise, it will save the team quite a bit of money. Glavine's deal could have been worth $4.5 million this season, and he was set to earn $1 million by simply making the big league team.
"It's just business," you can almost hear the Braves' beancounters saying. "Can't we get Tommy Hanson some experience on the mound at a much cheaper price?"
Since Glavine was already assuming this was his final year, and that he said in the past that he didn't want to be dragged out of the game kicking and screaming, I'm thinking that this is it for the pitcher who won 305 games over 22 seasons and formed part of one of the greatest rotations in major league history. If it is? Well, what a career he had. Standing O for Tommy.
Still, there's part of me who thinks Glavine's pride might take a hit with this release and that he'll be anxious to prove the Braves' assumptions wrong. And considering that every contender might want some pitching down the stretch ... well, stay tuned folks.
UPDATE: The Braves' front office is a busy place to be this evening. The team has just acquired outfielder Nate McLouth from Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitchers Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton(notes).