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GLAVINE OPEN TO RETURN TO ATLANTA

By Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Original Article HERE.

NEW YORK -- As they were leaving Shea Stadium after Monday night's game, Tom Glavine and Braves general manager John Schuerholz exchanged pleasantries. But they still haven't discussed the portion of Schuerholz's book that caused Glavine to feel some anger back in March.

Still, before the Braves and Mets played Wednesday's doubleheader, Glavine provided an indication that he'd be more than willing to play for Schuerholz in Atlanta again next year. But first, the Mets would have to choose not to pick up his option for the 2007 season.

"I don't think it's a lock that they're going to pick up my option," Glavine said. "So I've allowed myself to at least think about it a little bit. I've been pretty up front since January that there are only two places that I want to play next year. So there's not a whole lot of guesswork involved there."

While not mentioning the other place by name, Glavine indicated with a smile, "I've been there before."

Glavine, who pitched in Atlanta from 1987-2002, has already completed 165 2/3 innings this season. With his recent blood clotting problem seemingly behind him, the 40-year-old southpaw has plenty of time to reach the 180-inning mark, which would increase the option in his contract to $14 million.

Even though it hasn't happened over the course of the past six months, Glavine believes there will be a time where he and Schuerholz discuss the contents of the book that specifically detailed the events surrounding his signing with the Mets in December 2002.

Within "Built to Win," Schuerholz provided the factual account of Glavine calling Braves manager Bobby Cox shortly after announcing he'd sign with the Mets. While it's true that Glavine made the call to tell his long-time skipper that he thought he'd made a mistake, he was upset that what he believed should be a private matter became public.

"We still haven't talked about that incident," Glavine said. "But I don't think either of us feels, if we run into each other like we did the other night, that we can't speak to each other or that it would be uncomfortable."

When Schuerholz included the specifics of Glavine's final hours as a Brave, he says his intention was to humanize the accomplished hurler and make sure Atlanta fans knew how tough it was for him to exit via free agency.

"I have all the respect in the world for him and appreciation for what he's done for our team in the past," Schuerholz said. "But I can't speak of him now. He's a member of another organization."

Although Glavine has recorded just one win since the All-Star break, it may be intriguing for the Braves to bring him back. Entering his start against the Dodgers on Thursday, Glavine is 13 wins shy of notching the 300th victory of his career.