In a conversation that just happened to coincide with the Cubs leaving Steve Traschel off their postseason roster, Tom Glavine tells’s Marty Noble that likely to decline his 2008 option to return to the Mets. But assuming he’s unaware of the angry mob likely to greet him at LaGuardia, the Braves mole 303 game winner isn’t ruling out a return, either.

Speaking from his home in Alpharetta, Ga., Glavine indicated that he had spoken twice with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon since the Mets’ season ended on Sunday and that he doubted Wilpon would be surprised by his not exercising the option.

“No one who’s been around me all season could be surprised,” Glavine said, “because I’ve said all along that I had no idea what I was going to do and that I’d need time to think it over. Five days was never going to be enough time.

“And after what happened Sunday, I’m sure I need more time.”

Of course, his final one-third of an inning is most fresh in the minds of anyone connected to the Mets. It came on Sunday, when he retired just one of nine batters and allowed seven runs in what became the 8-1 loss to the Marlins that eliminated the Mets. He knows how that performance and its ramifications have affected Mets fans and tarnished his image.

“I can’t stop them from focusing on the last three starts and jumping on the bandwagon,” he said. “But I had 23 quality starts, and, in 16 of my starts, I allowed two runs or fewer. If they want me gone, they’d have to replace 200 innings. In my experience, the hardest things to replace are guys who score 100 runs and pitchers who give you 200 innings.”