Tom Glavine did what Met fans expected heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d do all summer, and what many hoped heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d do after his meltdown in the season finale: He accepted a deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Coming on the heels of losing free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba the previous day came the news tonight Glavine accepted a reported $8 million offer to return to the Braves _ which is $5 million less than what he could have had from the Mets.
Taking away some of the sting was the news second baseman Luis Castillo agreed to a four-year, $25-million contract to return to the Mets pending a physical.
Glavine, 41, became a free agent after declining a $13-million option. However, getting a $3 million buyout from the Mets, coupled with the $8 million from the Braves, slices into the difference.
Glavine went 13-8 for the Mets last season but his final game went one-third of an inning in the seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last game against Florida. At the time Glavine said that game “wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t determineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ his decision, but being with his family would be the overriding factor.
This is expected.
With Glavine gone and Torrealba out of the picture, adding a starter, catcher and relief help are the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ priorities heading into the Winter Meetings the first week of December in Nashville, Tenn.
Minaya said the team would explore both free agent and trade options this winter for a pitcher. MinnesotaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Carlos Silva is considered one of the top free agent options, and the Mets are expected to inquire into the availability of Oakland pitcher Dan Haren.
To acquire Haren, the Mets could have to surrender one or two prospects. Minaya said this because the free-agent pitching market is thin, he might be forced to surrender a top prospect such as Mike Pelfrey and or Lastings Milledge to pry away a top pitcher from another team.