Press Row: Glavine a top priority

Tom Glavine tied for the team lead with 15 wins.

The Mets' top priority for the offseason is making sure Tom Glavine winds up back in Queens, not Atlanta.

The New York Times' Ben Shpigel examines the situation further in Tuesday's editions.

Glavine has been adamant that the main driving factor in his decision is his family, with whom he has not yet discussed what he hopes will be the final year of his playing career. But agent Gregg Clifton told the Times that if he had to handicap it right now, Glavine might be leaning toward staying in New York.

As he cleaned out his Shea Stadium locker, Glavine said his plans are simple – he hopes to pitch one more year, win the final 10 games to get him to 300, then retire.

The question remains, will he do it in a Mets uniform or a Braves uniform?

Glavine has not said that one particularly holds any more cache than the other, but he would like to have his family there when he wins No. 300.

Glavine's family resides in Alpharetta, Ga., an Atlanta suburb, but his three children have spent summers living in Glavine's Connecticut home during the four seasons with the Mets.

  • Free agent starter Jason Schmidt, a Washington State resident, won't rule out the Mets or any East Coast club, his representative told Newsday.

  • Four more Mets pitchers – Chad Bradford, Roberto Hernandez, Yusaku Iriki and Guillermo Mota – all filed for free agency Tuesday.

    The Mets are likely to pursue Bradford and Mota, while letting Hernandez and Iriki (who contributed little other than a 50-game minor league suspension after testing positive for a banned substance) walk.

    Meanwhile, Carlos Delgado also had surgery to alleviate tennis elbow in his left arm Monday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

  • The New York Post's Mark Hale reports that free agent second baseman Adam Kennedy is intrigued by the Mets.

    Kennedy's agent says that several teams have inquired about his services, but that the Mets are not yet one of them. Kennedy batted .273 with four homers, 55 RBI, 16 steals and a .334 on-base percentage for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2006.

    Contact Inside Pitch's Bryan Hoch at metsinsidepitch@aol.com.

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