“Troy Glaus…that third-baseman for the Angels back in the day…he’s still playing? I thought he was DONE.” No, Troy Glaus is not DONE. When the Atlanta Braves picked him up it just looked like a filler move to bridge the gap for Atlanta prospect Freddie Freeman next year. If you follow National League baseball you may have noticed that Troy Glaus currenly leads the NL in RBI, and is batting .290/.382 with 13HRs. His 1-year salary? $1,750,000 plus bonuses. Too bad Brian Cashman opted to get Nick Johnson for $5,000,000 as DH, when Troy Glaus would have fit just fine.
When Troy Glaus burst upon the scene in the late 1990′s it looked like he would be the second coming of Mike Schmidt, as he hit 47 homeruns in 2000 at thirdbase. Glaus is a 2002 World Champion, and 2002 World Series MVP. Shoulder injuries ruined some of his later seasons, and the Angels cut ties with him, and they decided to go with then prospect Dallas McPherson in 2005 although Glaus was productive when healthy.
Troy Glaus’ Arizona Diamondbacks run was the beginning of the end for him, as it had appeared Troy Glaus’s career had jumped the shark (24 errors). He was traded to the Blue Jays and revitalized his career in 2006, even playing shortstop. 2007 was yet another injury plagued season, but he still managed 20 HRs. Troy Glaus was revealed to be a Performance Enhancing Drug User on the Mitchell Report, and the Blue Jays traded him shortly after that revelation.
Glaus was back to normal in 2008 with the Cardinals, even improving his defense. Without the use of PEDs he had a line of 27 HR, .270/.372, which is well above average for a 3B. Everything fell apart in 2009, as he got hurt again, and the Cardinals parted ways with him.
When the Braves signed him, he was just seen as a 1-year veteran pick-up who may help out Bobby Cox’s final run as manager. After a horrible April (.194) it looked like the Braves lost out on the low-risk signing, but Glaus won the NL’s Player of the Month in May, and now is a cornerstone in their run to win the NL East. Glaus is only 33 and an every day player (he’s not like Jim Thome).
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