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Saturday, June 6, 2009
Does Glavine have legit beef?


Tom Glavine is miffed. I don't blame him. All that hard work, only to be released by his longtime employers? But this -- via Ken Rosenthal -- is pretty silly: This, I think, is one of those deals where the agent is going through all the motions merely to placate his client. Because he must know he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in the Sahara. For one thing, it would be almost impossible to prove intent. For another, there's Geoff Blum, Nomar Garciaparra, Neal Cotts, Eric Byrnes, Brad Ausmus, Rich Aurilia and dozens of other players who are earning at least a million dollars this season for little apparent reason. To almost every Major League Baseball team, one million dollars is practically nothing. Just look at who they give their millions to!

If the Braves thought Glavine was good enough to help them, they would have kept him. Doesn't mean he's not good enough to pitch. Just means that for a moment, at least, the Braves figured he wasn't good enough to pitch for them. And that's all that matters.