Braves, Glavine continue to negotiate
GM doesn't increase offer, but could get creative to land lefty
ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine still hasn't received the financial offer that he's seeking. But he remains hopeful that the Braves will eventually make the concessions that will allow him the opportunity to fulfill his desire to pitch in Atlanta this year.
While meeting with Glavine on Wednesday afternoon, Braves general manager Frank Wren didn't increase the offer he made to the southpaw last week. But he did provide indication that he'll continue to attempt to be creative while trying to satisfy the veteran pitcher's financial request.
"I thought it was a positive meeting," Glavine said. "I'm hopeful it will lead to more discussions, with the hope that we can get something done. I made it known to Frank that I want to pitch here and retire here. I just want to do all that we can to make this a possibility. If it doesn't happen, at least I'll know that we've tried."
While dealing with available funds that range between $5 million to $6 million, Wren has a need to land a veteran outfielder and a desire to give Glavine the chance to continue pitching in Atlanta. He plans to continue talks with the 300-game winner over the course of the next week.
"We had a good meeting," Wren said. "I just wanted to tell [Glavine] that we still want him to be a part of our team and also wanted to discuss where we stand with some other things."
Understanding where the Braves stand financially, and the fact that he bears some risk while attempting to return from surgery on his left elbow and left shoulder, Glavine isn't looking to break the bank.
In fact, there has been some indication that he'd be willing to accept deferred funds while accepting an incentive-laden deal that would maximize his earnings at approximately $6 million.
If Wren were to provide a guarantee of $2 million and an incentive package worth $4 million that would be deferred over the course of five years, there's a chance he could could work around his current financial limitations and likely also satisfy Glavine's request.
With his 43rd birthday approaching in March, Glavine understands why the Braves would be hesitant to provide a significant increase to the guaranteed portion of their offer. But at the same time, in the event that he's able to pitch somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 starts, he wants to be paid accordingly.
"I'm fine with taking a discount and with the overall package being a discount," Glavine said. "I just want to have the opportunity to gain the overall package."
The fact that Braves pitchers and catchers will stage their first workout on Sunday doesn't seem to be a factor in these negotiations. Wren seemed comfortable with the possibility that it might be another week or two before Glavine makes a decision.
During a recent examination, Dr. James Andrews told Glavine that he'll likely be ready to begin pitching in games during the first week of March. Whether he's in camp or continuing his rehab in Atlanta over the next two weeks, Glavine plans to put in the necessary preparations to provide himself the opportunity to satisfy Andrews' timetable.
"My only timetable is the first week in March," Glavine said. "Everything I'm doing is geared toward pitching in a game that first week in March. Hopefully it's for Atlanta."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.