Orioles shopping for relief pitching

Here's the latest news from Jerry Crasnick at the GM meetings:

Tom Glavine Glavine

Tom Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, said the pitcher's contract situation probably won't be resolved until the winter meetings in Orlando in early December. Glavine already turned down his $7.5 million option for 2007, and he'll officially become a free agent when the Mets decline to exercise their $14 million option on Nov. 20. Glavine, just 10 wins short of 300 for his career, isn't sure yet if he wants to pitch beyond next season, so he might be looking at a year with a mutual option. While a return to Atlanta is a possibility, the signs still point toward Glavine returning to the Mets.

• The Diamondbacks are looking at Mark Mulder as a possible No. 3 starter behind Brandon Webb and Livan Hernandez, and they expect to meet with Mulder's agents in the coming days. One potential hurdle: Managing general partner Ken Kendrick's resistance to contracts with incentives. With Mulder coming off shoulder surgery and questionable for opening day, a straight salary deal might be hard to come by.

• Here's another reason why the Dodgers felt bushwhacked by J.D. Drew's decision to leave Los Angeles two years into a five-year, $55 million deal. Just a day before agent Scott Boras informed the Dodgers that Drew was going to exercise an "opt out" provision in his contract, Drew was on the phone with a member of the Dodgers' on-field staff, talking about his plans to return and the team's prospects for 2007.

Jamie Walker Walker

Justin Speier Speier

• The Orioles are making a hard run at free-agent relievers Justin Speier and Jamie Walker. Boston and the Yankees have also expressed interest in Speier, who is believed to be seeking a deal that would surpass Bob Howry's three-year, $12 million contract with the Cubs. Walker, meanwhile, wants a contract in the vicinity of Scott Eyre's three-year, $11 million deal with Chicago. Although Walker is one of baseball's most reliable lefty specialists, he's thrown a total of 96 2/3 innings in 122 appearances over the past two seasons.

Tuesday's notes
• The Phillies, looking to sign a pitcher from the second tier of free-agent starters, spoke with representatives for Adam Eaton on Tuesday in Naples. Eaton is likely to be less expensive than Vicente Padilla, Ted Lilly and some other middle-rung starters, but could still command in excess of $8 million annually on a three- or four-year deal. The Phillies selected Eaton in the first round of the 1996 draft, then sent him to San Diego three years later in a deal for Andy Ashby.

Juan Pierre Pierre

• The Giants, in the market for a center fielder, are moving along in discussions with Juan Pierre, the National League leader with 204 hits last season. The word in Naples is that Pierre could get a deal for three years and about $30 million -- if not from San Francisco, then somebody else.

• Milwaukee, Atlanta and Texas are among the clubs in the mix for outfielder Dave Roberts. Roberts stole 49 bases last year compared to 10 for Gary Matthews Jr., Texas' incumbent center fielder, and new Rangers manager Ron Washington is a big proponent of speed at the top of the order. With Mark DeRosa signing for three years and $13 million with the Cubs, Roberts might now be looking at three years and $15 million-plus -- a figure that's rising by the day.

Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez

• Gregg Clifton, the agent for Luis Gonzalez, is in Naples and plans to meet with the Dodgers, Giants and Rangers while he's in town. Cleveland has already spoken with Gonzalez, who ranked second in the National League with 52 doubles last year. There was some sentiment in the Houston front office to talk to Gonzalez -- a popular player in two tours with the Astros in the 1990s -- but it's believed that owner Drayton McLane Jr. had no interest in a reunion.