Press Row: Glavine waiting for Braves
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Tom Glavine #47 of the New York Mets looks to home against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game two of the National League Division Series at Shea Stadium on October 5, 2006 in t
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Posted Nov 30, 2006


Tom Glavine's courtship at the hands of the Atlanta Braves is in a holding pattern, and that could be working to the advantage of the Mets.

Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, told the Associated Press Wednesday that the Braves have not yet tendered an offer.

As such, Glavine – who promised the Mets that he would come to a decision between New York and Atlanta by the beginning of the winter meetings, which kick off Monday – may instead only have one serious option to ponder.

"He can't even evaluate that they really want him if he doesn't have an offer," Clifton told the AP. "The bottom line is, we're waiting to see if Atlanta wants to make a proposal to us."

Clifton said that his client is waiting to hear more from Braves GM John Schuerholz, who has conducted some early discussions.

On the Mets' side, Glavine is believed to have been speaking directly with club COO Jeff Wilpon, who has developed a personal friendship with the left-hander.

The Mets declined a $14 million option on Glavine for the 2007 season, proceeding with a gentlemen's agreement that promised to allow Glavine to test the waters with the Braves, who play their home games minutes from his Alpharetta, Ga. residence.

"They're showing an incredible amount of class," Clifton told the AP, "because at the end of the day they have allowed him to do everything he asked to, which was to go home, to get back into the normal family mode and give him an opportunity to really think this thing through. I think it's working to their advantage, to be honest with you."

Should Glavine respond favorably to the Mets, it is thought that money will not be a major topic of discussion.

Glavine said after the end of the season that he hopes to pitch one more season, notch the final 10 victories to get him to 300, and then retire.

He was 15-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 32 regular season starts before stepping up as the team's postseason ace following injuries to both Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez.

To play or not to play?: Jose Reyes has interest in playing winter ball for the Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League, the New York Daily News reported, but the Mets have yet to grant him permission.

It's already been a fairly long year for Reyes, who played in 153 games during the regular season, plus all 10 postseason contests. He then joined David Wright and John Maine on the barnstorming tour of Japan after the World Series, returning to the U.S. in early November.

Bert moving on: Right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez, who was obtained from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the July 31 trade deadline but used sparingly down the stretch, plans to sign with the Cleveland Indians, according to the Denver Post.


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