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June 3, 2009

Sign of better times

If Tom Glavine had been released a month ago instead of today, you can bet there would have been dozens of posts here and hundreds on the various Orioles message boards advocating the club taking a chance on him.

Not now. I've seen only a couple of queries about the Orioles and Glavine, who was pitching well in his minor league rehab assignment when the Braves decided to release him instead of pay him a $1 million roster bonus. Not only is there little interest in bringing Glavine to Baltimore, the wouldn't be any place to put him. The Orioles are trying to figure out what to do when Koji Uehara comes off the disabled list.

It wouldn't surprise me, however, if the Nationals got involved. Former Braves and current Nationals president Stan Kasten has a long history with Glavine and the Nats pitching staff could use some leadership.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 10:26 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball
        

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Pete,

He's a lefty someone will sign him! I's still trade Walker for him, in fact I would take 3 broken bats for Jaime Walker!

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Pete's reply: I agree that Glavine will turn up somewhere, maybe even down the Parkway.

As you alluded to, Glavine would be an excellent addition to either the O's or Nats simply for the leadership he could provide to a young staff. The Orioles, of course, have roster issues that would likely preclude them from making a bid for him. However I don't see Glavine wanting to play for a team that has no shot at winning this year. Perhaps the Phillies would be a good option for him. I'm sure he'd love to help a winning team stick it to the Braves. He sounded shocked at a bit bitter over the release.

Yeah DC or Pitt would work well for him

You mean the Nationals president Stan Kasten!

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Pete's reply: Yes, I meant "Former" Braves president. I fixed it.

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