Glavine Inks With Braves

Tom Glavine is coming home. The 303-game winner returned to the Atlanta Braves yesterday, agreeing to an $8 million, one-year contract.

The agreement between the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner and the Braves was revealed by a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced it.

The person said Glavine already has taken a physical for the Braves. The Braves needed less than a week to lure Glavine back after an acrimonious split in 2002 that led to him spending five seasons with the New York Mets.

Glavine maintained his home in Atlanta even after he signed with the Mets, and it was clear the crafty left-hander wanted to finish his career with the Braves when he turned down a $13 million option to return to New York in 2008, taking a three million dollar buyout.

He then gave the Braves a bit of a hometown discount, something he wouldn't do five years ago. The contract includes no performance bonuses.


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