As expected, the Atlanta Braves re-signed veteran pitcher Tom Glavine to a one-year, incentive-laden contract that could net Glavine up to $4.5 million dollars this season. The Braves announced the signing on Friday. Glavine is expected to be fully recovered from off-season arm surgery and barring any setbacks should be ready to pitch in Spring Training and start the season as the club’s fifth starter.
Glavine now joins Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami in what could prove to be a potentially strong Braves rotation. While Glavine is baseball’s only active 300-game winner, he isn’t expected to carry the new Braves rotation like he had done in past years. At this stage in his career and nearing retirement, Glavine appears happy to defer to a new breed of Braves starters who are hoping to bring back the years of pitching excellence and dominance in Atlanta. Glavine, who is the only remaining member of Atlanta’s vaunted “Big Three”, figured prominently in the Braves legendary past rotations that were the backbone of the team’s long running success.
It now appears Glavine will be able to finish his storied career where it all began. Welcome back to Atlanta, Tommy. We’re happy to have you.