Glavine to Nats unlikely

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I’m sure plenty of you who have heard the news that Tom Glavine was released by the Braves today immediately wondered whether the left-hander could wind up here in Washington.

Well, don’t hold your breath. A club source wouldn’t totally rule out the possibility of Glavine signing with the Nationals but said it’s unlikely. Glavine, who is reportedly very upset with the Braves, is supposed to want to take a day or two to cool down and then examine his options.

There could be other teams interested in his services. While there’s certainly something to be said for the role Glavine could have with this young pitching staff, the feeling around here is that the Nats have already gone young with the rotation and it wouldn’t be worth it to remove one of those young pitchers in favor of a 43-year-old at the end of his career.

There is, however, some sentiment within the organization to try to convince Glavine to join the organization at some point after he retires as a pitching instructor, the kind of guy who would be there during spring training and come up at times during the season to mentor the young guys.

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