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Glavine Inks One-Year Deal

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We've been waiting with almost certainty that this deal would happen and Dave O'Brien is reporting that it's done. Tom Glavine, who won two Cy Young Awards with the Braves, signed a one-year deal worth $8 million. Contrary to recent rumors, the deal is all guaranteed money and does not include any performance bonuses. The left-hander, who still makes his home in Georgia, turned down a $13 million option with the Mets and quickly made his intentions known that he planned to finish his career in Atlanta. Glavine should provide stability out of the third spot in the rotation in '08, which is something the Braves lacked this past season while utilizing Chuck James out of that spot the majority of the year. In 200.1 innings this past season, Glavine went 13-8 with a 4.45 ERA for the Mets. I'm hoping, and it certainly looks like it, that the ERA is that inflated due to fatigue late in the season. Over his last three games (10.1 IP, 17 ER), Glavine saw his ERA jump from 3.88 to 4.45. Glavine's stats don't really knock you out but that is always going to happen with a pitcher who pitches to contact. This past season though, the 41-year old pitcher finished fifth in the NL in quality starts with 23; two behind Tim Hudson and three behind John Smoltz. One think I'd like to see him improve upon is his groundball rate, which was notoriously low this past year, which may have just been a fluke. Still, Glavine should get a significant boost just from the defense behind him. Both corners of the infield as well as the outfield are significant improvements over what he had behind him in New York and Kelly Johnson at second is even an improvement over what Glavine was getting before the team acquired Luis Castillo. For a pitcher who pitches to contact, a good defense is a beautiful thing. Bobby Cox will now head into 2008 with his rotation as a strength. Smoltz, Hudson, and Glavine will form one of the most formidable top three's in the NL; and with Mike Hampton, Chuck James, Jair Jurrjens, Jo-Jo Reyes, and Jeff Bennett all competing for one of the final two spots, the Braves should have one of the strongest back-ends as well. I'll wait until the end of the off-season, but it certainly seems that the Braves are making the necessary adjustments to fill their previous holes more than any of their NL East foes.

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