Braves release Glavine

They say it’s because of decreased velocity, which is crap. More likely: the Braves re-signed him as a PR move following the Smoltz debacle assuming he probably would not be able to mount a comeback.

Now that he has, the Braves were in a quandary, with Medlen looking better and better and Tommy Hanson awaiting his promotion. As a baseball decision, I understand it. But I hate to see another iconic Brave leave on bad terms.


*Money is another factor. Glavine was guaranteed only $1 million. He was due a $1 million bonus when he made the active roster and bonuses of $1.25 million after 30 days on the roster and another $1.25 million bonus after 90 days. That’s $3.5 mil that could be used on a bat.

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6 Comments on Braves release Glavine

  1. rankinrob // June 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm //

    Maybe Kasten will sign him. Wren gets to kill off Smoltz and Glavine’s Braves careers in the same season. I’ll take our current rotation and up and comers over both of them, unfortunately. I hope Glavine retires rather than comes back and gets shelled.

  2. atlpaddy // June 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm //

    Bittersweet, but I don’t think Glavine over Hanson in the rotation is a viable option for the club. Plus, Medlen to the bullpen is another bonus.

  3. clete boyer fan // June 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm //

    This makes sense from both a baseball and monetary viewpoint. It still feels like a chickenshit move though.

  4. charlesad // June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm //

    You guys pretty much covered it. Part of me hates it, part of me knows it’s the right move. Wren’s duty is to put the best team on the field, and that’s what he’ll be doing. Still, why convince Tommy to go through the rehab only to let him go. Tough situation. If Tommy had been able to pitch in April, would this same move had been made? No one knows. Whatever PR value the move had, it was not reflected at the gate, so I’m not sure it really did much good on that front. Thanks for all the good times, Tommy. Please retire now. I’d hate to see him in a different costume struggling through five innings a start.

  5. BravesFanInTigersLand // June 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm //

    Things feel weird now. No Smoltzie, no Skip, no Maddux, no Glavine. Agreed, makes sense, but feels strange.

  6. PepeFreeUs // June 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm //


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