- Pitcher Tom Glavine is considering filing a grievance against the Atlanta Braves over his release Wednesday, as originally reported on FOX Saturday Baseball.
Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, has spoken with a labor attorney and the players' union about possibly filing the grievance, according to a major-league source.
Players cannot be released by their teams due to financial reasons, according to the collective-bargaining agreement. Glavine was set to receive a $1 million bonus once he made the major-league roster, another $1.25 million for 30 days on the roster and another $1.25 million for 90 days on the roster.
If history is any indicator, Glavine would not have much of a chance should he file the grievance. Historically, teams have the upper hand in such cases and don't need a significant performance based reason to release a player.
This, I think, is one of those deals where the agent is going through all the motions merely to placate his client. Because he must know he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in the Sahara. For one thing, it would be almost impossible to prove intent. For another, there's Geoff Blum, Nomar Garciaparra, Neal Cotts, Eric Byrnes, Brad Ausmus, Rich Aurilia and dozens of other players who are earning at least a million dollars this season for little apparent reason. To almost every Major League Baseball team, one million dollars is practically nothing. Just look at who they give their millions to!
If the Braves thought Glavine was good enough to help them, they would have kept him. Doesn't mean he's not good enough to pitch. Just means that for a moment, at least, the Braves figured he wasn't good enough to pitch for them. And that's all that matters.