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Braves try to close deal with Glavine

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) - It appears likely that Tom Glavine, baseball's
only active 300-game winner, will soon be in camp for the Atlanta
Braves.

The two sides had a good meeting last week, and Glavine's agent,
Gregg Clifton, was planning to talk with the team again in hopes to
moving closer to a deal.

The Braves are eager for the 42-year-old Glavine to return as
the fifth starter in a rebuilt rotation, but only if he'll take a
significant cut in the $8 million he made last year. Glavine made
only 13 starts before season-ending elbow surgery in 2008.

Manager Bobby Cox says there's no rush. Glavine has been working
out on his own in Atlanta, which might be a better situation than
being in camp.

While Glavine's situation moves toward a resolution, much of the
speculation in camp has shifted toward the possibility of signing
outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.

The Braves are eager to bolster an outfield that produced only
27 homers last season. While Griffey's best years are certainly
behind him, he did have 18 homers and 71 RBIs splitting time
between Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox in 2008.


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