Tom Glavine: Braves 'were hoping I got hurt'

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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.”

Orioles are eying Welington Castillo as their primary catcher target

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 25: Welington Castillo #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up prior to taking an at bat against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.

Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.

For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.

Report: Phillies agree to minor league deal with Daniel Nava

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Daniel Nava #12 of the Kansas City Royals bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.

Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.