- Glavine wants to go back to Atlanta, ostensibly because that's where his family will be
- The Braves aren't tripping over themselves to accommodate him
- The Mets have been the picture of class throughout this whole ordeal
I don't blame Glavine for trying to do what's best for his family, nor would I blame him if he finds that the Braves' well has run dry and decides to come back to the Mets. Glavine's not an ace anymore, but he's a reliable, experienced left-handed pitcher and there aren't too many of those around. He can be counted on to post an ERA somewhere in the threes and throw two hundred innings. He will embarrass neither with the stick nor with the glove. He'll be the embodiment of professionalism on the field, and he will be a respectful face of the franchise off the field.
To some extent, I think the Mets have put some of their other pitching plans on the back burner while they wait for Glavine to finish his dance. Barry Zito is still out there, Javier Vazquez is still out there, Jose Lima and his wife are still out there. Let's get this thing over with and let's get Tommy back in orange-and-blue.
UPDATE [3:55pm]: ESPNews is reporting that the Mets and Glavine have come to terms on a one-year deal (per Metsblog.com). More info as it becomes available.
UPDATE [4:41pm]: WFAN is reporting that the deal is for one year and $10.5 million. If true, this is just a fantastic signing for the Mets. Glavine will stabilize the rotation and provide above-average production for just a couple million more than Adam Eaton will make. No long-term commitment, another great job by Omar Minaya.