The Atlanta Braves reached a preliminary agreement on a 1-year contract with

Troy Glaus

, a source told the

Associated Press

yesterday.

The agreement is pending a physical planned for the first week of January.

Glaus has played third base most of his career but the Braves probably would use the 33-year-old at first base in place of Adam LaRoche, who became a free agent.

"We think he's 100 percent healthy," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "I have talked to him and told him we would love to have him here."

In other baseball news:

* The Oakland Athletics finalized a $5.25 million, 1-year contract with free agent outfielder Coco Crisp. The deal pays Crisp $4.75 million next year and includes a $5.75 million club option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout.

* The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with 35-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, according to a source. Dickey made 14 starts for Seattle in 2008 but was primarily a reliever for Minnesota last season.

* Lefthanded reliever Jack Taschner signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old Taschner was 1-1 with the Phillies last season.

Cycling

* An official in the French prosecutor's office says the Astana team that won the 2009 Tour de France is the target of a preliminary investigation after the discovery of suspicious syringes during the race. Astana's Alberto Contador won the Tour, while teammate and seven-time champion Lance Armstrong finished third in his return from retirement.

Philly File

* Philadelphia University announced that head baseball coach Mark Jackson resigned and will become the new full-time head coach at West Chester.