Saturday, November 16, 2002

Mets make serious pitch to Glavine



By JOHN DELCOS
The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News

NEW YORK - The New York Mets, after a miserable season and losing out on the Lou Piniella sweepstakes, made it a real market for the services of Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine Friday.

The Mets offered the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner a three-year, $31-million package, which for one day at least, made them the highest bidders.

Philadelphia has a three-year, $27-million offer on the table, and the Braves are last with a token one-year, $9-million contract.

The Mets confirmed the offer with a statement by owner Fred Wilpon issued through the club's media relations department.

"I spoke to the Glavines yesterday," Wilpon said. "(General manager) Steve Phillips made an offer to Gregg Clifton, Tom's agent, (Friday). Steve is waiting to hear back from him."

Clifton said the offer showed the Mets' sincerity and negotiations would continue with a visit to Shea Stadium next Thursday.

The next day, Glavine is expected to visit the Phillies, who with money freed up by the Scott Rolen trade, plan on being active in the free-agent market and have already met with Cleveland slugger Jim Thome.

There was no doubt Glavine, extremely active in the Players Association, would test the market, but there's speculation he'll remain with the Braves.

Atlanta, which is also negotiating with Greg Maddux, has a history of letting the market settle before coming in with its best offer, something it did with closer John Smoltz and outfielder Brian Jordan.

Glavine, 36, was 18-11 with a 2.96 ERA last season and is 242-143 lifetime.

Braves general manager John Schuerholz has not said the team wouldn't be able to bring back both aces.

Clifton has spoken with New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about Glavine, but with the club having picked up Andy Pettitte's $11.5 million option Thursday and expected to bring back Roger Clemens, that was never really a serious consideration.

The other team with expected interest in Glavine, a Massachusetts native, is the Boston Red Sox, but they still don't have a general manager.




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