Tom Glavine is done in Atlanta.
According to major-league sources, the Braves released Glavine on Wednesday, just a day after the two-time Cy Young Award winner threw six scoreless innings in his latest rehab start.
Glavine was to be paid $1 million for his first day on the active roster, $1.25 million for 30 days on the roster and another $1.25 million for 90 days on the roster, bringing the total possible value of the deal to $4.5 million.
The Braves told Glavine that he was being released because his velocity is down, one source said. However, Glavine was throwing only 76-78 miles per hour in spring training and in recent starts had increased that to 83-86 miles per hour.
As I wrote earlier today, I thought the Braves were obligated — out of both a sense of history and based on Glavine’s commitment to rehab and apparent, though qualified success — to at least give him a chance to pitch.
Are the Braves in so much need of $1 million that they couldn’t stand to at least give him a try? If the Braves are so unwilling to pay off a roster incentive to even a legend like Glavine, why on Earth would anyone else dare sign a deal with them that contains a roster incentive? Above all else: at any point in the last 20 years did it seem possible that Tom Glavine’s career in a Braves uniform would end via a club release?
I’ll await more information before passing final judgment, but if, as Rosenthal’s article claims, Tom Glavine was really throwing 86 last night and not walking a bunch of guys, he was basically where he has been for the past 5-6 years. That doesn’t strike me as a performance-based release. That strikes me as a money move, and with this particular player on this particular team, with this particularly small amount of money at play, that’s shameful.
(thanks to Chris for the heads up)