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Glavine still having fun, keeps option open for another year

NEW YORK -- New York Mets left-hander Tom Glavine is pleased with his
pitching and his health. His club also is poised to make the
postseason for the second straight year.

What Glavine isn't sure of is whether he wants to return for a
22nd season in the majors.

"I know that I can't honestly answer that question from a
physical standpoint or an emotional standpoint until I get home and
get away from baseball, and assess how important baseball is to me
versus how much I want to be home," Glavine said Tuesday.

The 41-year-old Glavine lives in Georgia in the offseason with
his wife and children. He said his family is supportive of him
pitching another year, but that's only one part of the equation.

"The determining factor, I think, again becomes how much does
my enjoyment of the game outweigh the sacrifices that I know
they're making," Glavine said.

On Tuesday morning, the New York Post indicated Glavine was leaning to coming back, though it left the the door open for him to retire. According to the paper, Glavine indicated he had two criteria for returning next season -- how well he's pitching and how he's feeling physically.

"That's the question I have to wait and see, but as far as going out there and having fun and doing the things I have to do to be successful, there's been nothing there that makes me think I am going to walk away," he told the Post.

Glavine will go for his 14th win in the opener of a three-game
series against the Phillies on Friday night at Shea Stadium. He is
8-1 with a 3.27 ERA over his last 15 starts.

The postseason success of NL East-leading New York could factor
into Glavine's decision.

"For me to have won my 300th game, for us to win a World Series
and me be pitching pretty good all throughout that, I mean you talk
about walking out on top of your game," he said.

Glavine (13-6) needed just 86 pitches to beat Houston 3-1
Saturday and earn win No. 303. He limited the Astros to one run and
three hits in seven-plus innings.

He hasn't lost since July 2 at Colorado, and has allowed just
two earned runs in his last 20 innings over three starts.

"As long as I continue to feel good then yeah, that lends
itself for me playing," Glavine said.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $10.5 million,
one-year contract with New York in the offseason. His deal
contained a $9 million player option for 2008 that became
guaranteed when he passed 160 innings this season.

The price of the option increases by $1 million for each
additional 10 innings up to a maximum price of $13 million. He has
thrown 182 1-3 innings so far this season.

If the option isn't exercised, Glavine gets a $3 million buyout
and he has the right to decline the option even if it becomes
guaranteed.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report