Glavine's agent preparing to counter Braves' offer

The Atlanta Braves offered Tom Glavine a contract Friday, the first attempt to reunite the free-agent left-hander with the franchise he broke into the majors with 20 years ago.

Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, said Friday that Glavine would take less money to join the Braves. Clifton did not reveal terms of the contract. It is believed to be a one-year deal.

"Now, our intention is to prepare a counteroffer that we will give them by tonight," Clifton said.

Clifton was pleased with the first offer from the Braves.

"The proposal was certainly a good starting point, and now
we'll be countering back, and we're anxious to see what their
response to our proposal is," the agent said.

The Mets are interested in keeping Glavine as part of their rotation but have not offered him a contract. The Mets would likely offer Glavine, who likely will command somewhere between
million and $10 million for the 2008 season, more money than the Braves.

"We've made it clear that we want Tom back," said Braves general manager Frank Wren,
reached on his cell phone while attending a high school football
game. "We made an offer, and they're in the contemplative stage.
We're waiting for their response. They wanted to discuss it over
the weekend and get back to us."

The primary reason Glavine wants to return to Atlanta, according to Clifton, is so he can be near his wife and children year-round. They live in Georgia.

"It is about his family," Clifton said.

Glavine, 41, won his 300th game this past season, but his last outing was one to forget. Glavine gave up seven earned runs and only retired one batter in the Mets' final game of the season, a loss to the Marlins that eliminated New York from the playoffs, completing one of the greatest collapses in major-league history.

Glavine's departure, though, would leave a hole in the Mets' staff because he was their only starter to throw more than 200 innings. He was 13-8 with a 4.45 ERA.

Glavine broke in with the Braves in 1987 and compiled most of his Hall of Fame-caliber numbers with Atlanta. Before leaving the Braves for the Mets in 2003, Glavine won the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998. He was the World Series MVP in 1995, the Braves' lone championship during their run of 14 straight division titles, which ended in 2006.

Last offseason, Glavine flirted with signing with the Braves but decided to remain a Met after Atlanta could not come up with a competitive offer.

Andrew Marchand is the Managing Editor of 1050 ESPN New York.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.