Braves pitchers and catchers are due to report to Spring Training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex on Saturday, February 14th, with the team’s first workout scheduled for Sunday. The question on the minds of Braves Nation is, will Tom Glavine be in camp?
The veteran lefty and 300-game winner is still negotiating with Braves GM Frank Wren, trying to work out a creative, incentive-laden contract to return to Atlanta in 2009.
Glavine, who turns 43 in March, is recovering from off-season surgery on his elbow and shoulder. The Braves have offered Glavine a one-year contract that is worth $1 million guaranteed and up to $3 million in incentives. While he understands the Braves reluctance to offering him more guaranteed money, he hopes the team will increase the incentive portion of his contract so he can prove his health and worth to the ballclub this season.
Glavine hopes to speak with Wren again this week but has put no timetable on the contract talks, acknowledging he’d like to be in camp in March but doesn’t need to be present when pitchers and catchers report this weekend.