ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves headed into the weekend showing little interest in bringing back four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux.
Midnight Sunday is the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their former players who became free agents. The Braves made the offer a year ago and Maddux accepted, agreeing two months later to a $14.75 million, one-year deal.
But with the team in a cost-cutting mode, the Braves apparently will let the deadline pass without giving Maddux a chance to return to Atlanta for a 12th season.
Players not offered arbitration can't re-sign with their old clubs until May 1. Maddux went 16-11 with a 3.96 ERA last season -- his 16th straight year with at least 15 wins -- but likely will have to take a significant pay cut in 2004.
Scott Boras, Maddux's agent, said Friday that he hasn't spoken with Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz since the GM meetings in Arizona last month.
"John told me they were going to talk with their people and let me know," Boras said.
The Braves made one move on Friday, re-signing reliever Jaret Wright to an $850,000, one-year contract. He wasn't a free agent but was eligible for arbitration.
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