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Wednesday, December 4
Updated: December 5, 6:52 PM ET
Mets land Glavine with three-year, $30 million deal news services

Tom Glavine's agents and the New York Mets talked for much of the day Thursday and a deal is done to bring Glavine to the Big Apple next season, according to's Jayson Stark.

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine said discussions have reached a point where the two sides are talking about a three-year, $30 million contract.

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If the Mets do reach an agreement with Glavine, the Phillies -- who are also in the running for his services -- may turn their attention to Jamie Moyer, Stark reports.

ESPN's Peter Gammons reported Wednesday night that the Braves had added a third year to their offer for the two-time NL Cy Young winner, but that it doesn't appear to be enough to keep Glavine in an Atlanta uniform. Gammons reported that unless the Braves make dramatic changes in their offer, they appear to be out of the Glavine sweepstakes.

The New York Times reported in Wednesday's editions that the Mets improved an offer in hopes of persuading Glavine to change allegiances in the NL East but still refuse to guarantee the fourth year of a contract.

Glavine's reported visit with the Braves on Tuesday made for some nervous moments among Mets executives, according to The Times report. The Braves have remained quiet during Glavine's free agency, reportedly sticking their offer of a two-year contract for $18 million plus an option, made on Nov. 15.

Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, countered to all three teams last week and the Phillies raised their offer to three years for $30 million plus a $10 million option. The Mets added an option to their three-year, $28.5 million offer.

The Braves' resumption of contact after three weeks of silence piqued the Mets' interest and renewed their fears that Glavine has wanted to remain in Atlanta all along. The agent for another player told the Times on Tuesday that Glavine's family wanted to remain in Atlanta, its year-round home.

One Mets official told the Times, "We've practically done everything they want us to, and now they have to make some choices."

Mets general manager Steve Phillips wanted to make sure the Mets were not enhancing their offer for no reason, and when assured by Clifton that they were not, the Mets presented a revised proposal late Tuesday, according to The Times.

Mets officials did not want to describe the terms of the new offer, The Times' story said, other than to insist it did not include a guaranteed fourth year. Clifton's proposal to the Mets and the Phillies on Monday was for four years and $41 million, with another $4 million in incentives based on innings pitched and games started.

The Mets' offer Tuesday fell short of that and one person with knowledge of it told The Times the sides had also addressed altering the option, presumably making it easier to attain. It was unclear whether the Phillies had responded to Clifton.

The Mets also considering the possibility of not offering third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo, their own premier free agent, arbitration by Saturday's deadline.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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