Glavine pondering grievance
The Tom Glavine saga gained another chapter on Saturday, when Fox Sports reported that the veteran left-hander is pondering the possibility of filing a grievance against the Braves, who released him on Wednesday.
According to Ken Rosenthal’s report, Glavine’s agent, Gregg Clifton, has discussed this matter with a labor attorney and the players’ union.
While Glavine believes that his release was financially-motivated, the Braves contend that their decision was based on the performance they’d evaluated during his Minor League rehab starts.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said his team wouldn’t be responding to this report.
After evaluating Glavine’s three rehab starts, the Braves determined that he would have trouble finding success at the Major League level. Going with a younger option, they’ve instead inserted Tommy Hanson into their available rotation spot.
While understanding the argument that Hanson could be considered the better choice, Glavine said he became more convinced that the decision was financially-based when the Braves acquired Nate McLouth from the Pirates on Wednesday night.
Glavine would have received a $1 million bonus when he was placed on the active roster. He believes the Braves opted to utilize those funds to help pay for the prorated portion of McLouth’s $2 milllion salary.
“By not paying me, I think that freed up some money for them to do that,” Glavine said. “So I think it was much more of a business and financial situation than it was a peformance situation.”