The Braves made a shocking move Tuesday when they released veteran Tom Glavine. The 43 year old future Hall-of Famer has been on the disabled list since August because of offseason shoulder and elbow surgery. Glavine was coming off a solid minor league start in Class-A Rome last night where he threw six scoreless innings. He declared after that outing he was ready to join the Braves rotation and thought he might be ready to go on Saturday against the Brewers.
By cutting him now the Braves save the 1 million dollar bonus they would have had to pay Glavine if he made the big league roster. He signed a one-year contract in February that includes a $1 million guarantee and 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.
I think this is a bad move on Atanta’s part. If they did it just to save a couple of million dollars that, to me, is a classless move. Glavine is a guy that has won two Cy Young awards and has spent the better part of his career leading the team to the postseason every year.
There are reports the team was concerned his velocity was down. That is a legitimate concern. But they knew that when they signed him. Plus hasn’t he at least earned the right to try to pitch again? Why did they allow him to rehab this whole time only to cut him loose a few days before his return to the majors? Were they hoping for a setback to bail them out?
I think the fact that the team called up Tommy Hanson to pitch Saturday (the spot Glavine had targeted) shows what direction the team wanted to go. But, again, why not tell Glavine that BEFORE he went through all this rehab?
I know this is a business but I think this could have been handled better by the organization. It looks especially bad after the way the treated John Smoltz. How can you disrespect two guys that have meant so much to your organization?