2009 NEWS

2009 NEWS > 2/17/09

BRAVES, GLAVINE NEAR DEAL

By David O'Brien
Original Article HERE.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Tom Glavine is expected to re-sign with the Braves soon, adding the final piece to what could be one of the National League’s deepest starting rotations.

The one-year contract the veteran left-hander is close to completing would likely include a $1 million salary and bonuses that could push the total to a maximum of between $4 million and $5 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Glavine, 42, would receive a $1 million bonus for making the opening day roster and could earn two other bonuses for staying on the active roster for specific lengths. The bonus money would be deferred.

The two-time former Cy Young Award winner was never on the disabled list until 2008, when he was 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA in 13 starts before season-ending surgeries in August on his left elbow and shoulder.

He is projected as Atlanta’s No. 5 starter behind right-handers Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez, Kenshin Kawakami and Jair Jurrjens. The No. 5 starter probably won’t be needed until April 19.