Tom Glavine has more wins than any other active pitcher. He’ll get a chance to add to that total for at least one more season.
Glavine completed a $1 million, one-year contract Friday with the Atlanta Braves that could be worth another $3.5 million in bonuses based on how much time he spends on the active roster.
While the 305-game winner is eager to make up for last season’s injury-plagued performance, Glavine knows this will be a different role than the one he had so many years in Atlanta. Twenty-win seasons, Cy Young awards and Opening Day starts are a thing of the past.
He’ll be the fifth man in a five-man rotation, the guy who gets skipped over from time to time to ensure the top four starters maintain their regular schedule.
“I don’t necessarily want to be the guy who has to pitch 220 innings and win every time he goes to the mound,” said Glavine, who turns 43 next month.
DODGERS — Orlando Hudson has reached an agreement on a one-year contract with Los Angeles, which would use the three-time All-Star to replace retired second baseman Jeff Kent.
The deal is contingent on Hudson’s passing a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Dodgers have not announced the agreement.
ORIOLES — Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts had a $40 million contract extension waiting for him to sign after his workout. Typical of the attitude he brings to the team, he insisted first on running sprints in the outfield.
Everything else could wait.
With his cardio exercises done, Roberts scribbled his name on a new four-year deal, which begins in 2010.
NATIONALS — Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the team agreed to a $3.3 million, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.
MARLINS — The team will have to wait a little longer to get a final decision on its bid for a new ballpark.
Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Dennis Moss rescheduled the county’s March 5 special meeting to vote on the ballpark plan after learning that a few commissioners might be unable to attend.
RED SOX — Boston slugger David Ortiz has been held out of spring training workouts for the second straight day with general soreness in his left shoulder.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Ortiz is much better than Thursday, when he slept on the shoulder awkwardly.
METS — Former relief pitcher John Franco is back in a New York uniform.
The Brooklyn native will help as a guest instructor during spring training, working with the 36 pitchers in camp, then serve in the front office this season — perhaps in marketing, baseball operations or television.
Franco, who spent the 1990-2004 seasons in New York, has been out of baseball since retiring in 2005 after a short stint with Houston.
YANKEES — New York outfielders Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady are among the investors whose accounts were caught in a freeze by the government of a company affiliated with Robert Allen Stanford.
The pair did not invest directly with Stanford funds but rather have investments with broker dealers whose accounts were with a Stanford company, Scott Boras, the agent for the pair, said. Boras said the personal management wing of his company was monitoring the situation.
BLUE JAYS — Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells will miss the World Baseball Classic.
Team USA begins the first round March 7 with a game against Canada in Toronto. Wells said insurance costs got in the way of him joining the team.