Glavine done for 2009, probably forever

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Tom Glavine texted his almost-retirement to a television reporter last night, writing “I’m not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year. I want to be a full time dad.”

I suspect that the reference to next year is just a charade and that,
in reality, he knows he’s never pitching again. To formally retire now
would be to have been more or less pushed out of the game by Frank Wren
and diminishing skills. If he waits until next spring to announce his
retirement, however, he can tell himself and the public that, “hey, I
was totally capable of pitching in 2009, but after taking some time and
hanging out with my family, I realized I had nothing left to prove.”

Which is fine by me. Tom Glavine has earned the right to do whatever
the hell he wants to do, in my mind. If going out on his terms is what
he wants to do — even if they’re his second or third choice of terms
— he’s entitled to do so.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.