Tom Glavine finally spoke about being released by the Braves during a radio interview this morning, saying that he was "blindsided" by the move and feels the team was hoping he would suffer a setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery so "that would be the end of it."
"Absolutely, they were hoping I got hurt, no question in my mind," Glavine said, adding that "a couple" teams have expressed interest in signing him. According to Glavine, general manager Frank Wren told him that "you're not good enough to get guys out" after he tossed six shutout innings in a rehab start Tuesday night at Single-A. Here's more from the 305-game winner:
Looking at the whole situation, and taking into account the amount of time I've spent in this city and the amount of time I've spent in baseball, there's no question in my mind it could have been handled better. [The Braves] don't look at players and take into account what they've done on the field, what they've done off the field, what they've meant to the organization, what they've meant to the city, and say, "Wait, these guys deserve to be treated a little bit differently than this business model we have."
It's tough to really blame Glavine for feeling that he deserved better than to be released right when he looked ready to complete his comeback and certainly in a perfect world it would have been nice if the Braves could have provided him an opportunity to end his Hall of Fame career in style.
At the same time, the Braves are fighting to get above .500 and stay in contention, and top prospect Tommy Hanson is ready to step into the rotation while almost surely being a better pitcher than Glavine at this stage in their respective careers. Plus, as Glavine himself explained: "In order for them to pull this [Nate McLouth] deal off, they had to get some money somewhere, and they got the money from releasing me."