© St. Petersburg Times, published November 4, 2002
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will give first baseman Jim Thome a tour of their new ballpark site on Thursday, and they have zeroed in on Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine as a top pitching priority.
General manager Ed Wade said he talked to Glavine's agent several times last week, and he hoped to express the Phillies' high level of interest to the two-time Cy Young Award winner in a phone conversation today.
Glavine, a free agent for the first time in his career, reportedly was offended when the Braves initially offered a one-year deal worth $8-million, plus four option years.
The Phillies will offer more than that to make Glavine the ace of a staff that would include left-hander Randy Wolf and right-handers Vicente Padilla, Brett Myers and Brandon Duckworth.
Glavine, 36, has a 242-143 career record, including an 18-11 mark and 2.96 earned-run average last season, when he helped lead Atlanta to its 11th consecutive division title.
The Phillies also have let agent Scott Boras know that they are interested in talking to him about right-hander Greg Maddux.
The Braves likely will keep either Glavine or Maddux, but not both, which could seriously jeopardize Atlanta's longtime stranglehold on the NL East.
If the Phillies can't sign Glavine or Maddux, they may go after Seattle left-hander Jamie Moyer, who has averaged 15 wins the past seven seasons. Wade has talked to Moyer.
Thome, 32, received an offer from the Indians on Thursday, when he met with the team in Cleveland. It is believed the Indians offered a five-year deal worth about $11-million a season and an assortment of incentives tied to attendance. It is believed the Phillies are prepared to offer at least four years at about $15-million per season.
The Phillies cannot talk financial terms with Thome until Nov. 13.
Wade also has contacted third baseman David Bell, who declined to exercise his option for 2003 with the National League champion San Francisco Giants last week.
GIANTS: According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday, manager Dusty Baker said he will talk with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry if San Francisco doesn't offer him a new deal before his contract ends Wednesday.