It's just been announced that the Braves have released P Tom Glavine. ESPN is reporting that in a meeting with Glavine, they told him that his velocity was down, but it's viewed as primarily a financial move, as Glavine would receive a $1 million bonus if he was added to the active roster, and another $1.25 million if he was on the roster after 90 days. Between that and ace-in-waiting Tommy Hanson, the Braves sent Glavine packing. Glavine, who insists he can still pitch, and has pitched well in his last few rehab starts, is now a free agent.
So it poses this question: should the Phillies, who are in need of help in their rotation, go after Glavine? Right now, after Cole Hamels, there's no one currently in this rotation who shouldn't be considered for an upgrade, and due to Brett Myers' hip injury, the back end of the rotation is currently staffed by 2 unproven pitchers in J.A. Happ and Antonio Bastardo. Glavine, who has won 305 games in his career, also has an extensive postseason history, having started 35 postseason games, going 14-16, with a 3.30 ERA.
It makes sense for the Phillies, who are in a win-now position, to approach Glavine with an incentive-laden contract. With that type of contract, they won't pay unless he reaches certain performance standards, it won't cost them any players (especially prospects) in a trade, and his experience (especially in the postseason) makes him more appealing than the inexperienced Happ and Bastardo in September and October.