Braves Sign Troy Glaus

5:45pm: ESPN's Buster Olney specifies the dollar values within Glaus' incentive clauses (via Twitter).

2:24pm: The Braves officially signed Troy Glaus to a one-year today.  He'll get a $1.75MM base, a $250K bonus at 100 games, and another possible $2MM in incentives.  Glaus will play first base for Atlanta.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the agreement on December 23rd, while David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted the value.

The 33-year-old Glaus was limited to 135 plate appearances this year due to the effects of January shoulder surgery.  He's played only 38.6 innings of first base in his career, all of them coming in the last two seasons.  When he's right, Glaus is a threat to slug around .500 and hit 30 home runs.

By itself, I like the Glaus signing.  I did not like the Braves trading Javier Vazquez to free up cash for Glaus and a potential outfield acquisition, however.


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131 Comments on "Braves Sign Troy Glaus"


Slugger23
5 years 7 months ago

Its about time !….I was getting a little impatient lol.

cderry
5 years 7 months ago

Glaus will play at 1B, hmm?

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

welcome to Hotlanta Troy!!!!! Hopefully he will help us with the long ball a little bit and protect Chipdog

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t see him batting after Chipper. I think McCann will.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

he will bat behind chipper or infront of him, listened to the interview where bobby cox told us his plans. though he may bat behind McCann as you said if McCann’s eyesight gets back to 100 percent.

coolstorybro222
5 years 7 months ago

I predict Chipper having a 30/95 year because of Glaus

jcrabtree7
5 years 7 months ago

I really hope he can return to his 2008 ways and bring the big bat we need.

Slugger23
5 years 7 months ago

Yes,all of us Braves fans hope the same thing…I’m glad we are done signing Glaus.Now on to the next step adding another ourfield bat so Dave O Brien says’…

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

Didn’t this already happen?

Slugger23
5 years 7 months ago

No he agreed to sign with him before Christmas but never got a physical done because the offices were closed for the hollidays.Finally its OFFICIAL though.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

If this is the game plan then I would seriously be worried. Glaus has crazy upside but to put yourself in position where he has to play is very risky.

5 years 7 months ago

Glaus is a great sign! He hit very well in 2008 and that was with the bad shoulder. That’s right he was playing hurt the entire season, (maybe his work ethic will rub off on Chipper), and now that he is repaired and fully healed he should be a beast in Atlanta!Some people need to learn to define Injury prone, (look next to CJs picture), Glaus has had separate problems over his career, a bad back back in 2003-04, and the shoulder problem that first appeared in 2007. His only fault was trying to play through both instead of running to the surgeon right away like most players do.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve followed Glaus since the minors (being a devout Angels fan). He has always dealt with injury problems – always. 03-04 was huge – playing in less than 50% of his games as an Angel. 07 was another short season (missed 25% of the games) and 09 was completely lost. Even when healthy he is complaining of one problem or another.

Like I said, Glaus is a great guy to have around. I wish the Angels would have brought him back to split time at DH and provide some insurance at 3B. However, to depend on him being healthy and starting for you is a stretch. I see no reason to assume that Glaus is suddenly going to be healthy going into his age 33 season. Other GM’s apparently agreed as his best deal was $2m. That’s the price you pay for a backup – not a starting 1B who is going to club 30+ HR’s (as some Brave fans have predicted).

bennie2323
5 years 7 months ago

Who’s next??!! I cant wait to see what Wren has up his sleeve…

SmackSaw
5 years 7 months ago

Great signing. I’ll always rue the day the Angels let him go. If he’s right, he’ll have a monster year.

Slugger23
5 years 7 months ago

I meant ‘No he agreed to sign with the Braves before Christmas’*

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with Tim about moving Vasquez. Wren publicly shopped Lowe, and it’s reported Lowe “would never have played signed here [Altanta] if I knew I wasn’t part of the long term plans”. So the Braves managed to trade their best pitcher while disheartening their second best.

And the Atlanta crowd is excited about that blunder resulting in Glaus? (granted, another move presumably TBA)

5 years 7 months ago

Lowe is NOT the braves 2nd best pitcher, Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, then Lowe i guess

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Fair enough. He’s still (presumably) a fixture of their rotation who they’re going to rely on every 5th outing.

5 years 7 months ago

right, but Lowe now has something to prove, I think he’ll be fine and have a nice bounce back season in Atlanta

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Sure, but in a perfect world, Lowe wouldn’t have been publicly shopped only to actually move Javy. It could give Lowe the fire to prove something, but it could cut the other way as well.

Hopefully, for Braves fans, Wren knows Lowe’s psyche well enough that he didn’t make a major blunder.

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

Even if Lowe’s feelings are hurt if he doesn’t go out there and perform it will hurt him in the long run in future contracts.

5 years 7 months ago

Whats up with the Twins??? they just waiting for a bargain?

TwinsVet
5 years 7 months ago

Yup. Same as ever. I can’t think of the last time we made a big splash on the free agent market. Maybe Jack Morris?

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Lowe said just yesterday that there is absolutely no hard feelings and that everything has been smoothed out. He was just upset because he didn’t want to leave Atlanta and now that he is going to stay, he is happy.

dkmo10
5 years 7 months ago

Id put JJ in front of Huddy man…he is really good

BradlesP
5 years 7 months ago

In what world was Javier Vazquez the Braves’ best pitcher? Take a look at his career stats. There is no way he would stack another year on top of the one he had in 09. Not to mention if Hudson and Hanson had pitched all year, their numbers would have crumbled Vazquez’s.

I am so tired of hearing about how bad the Vazquez trade was. The Braves needed the money…they got one of the game’s top pitching prospects, and added to their outfield depth. And it’s not like they are starved for pitching and traded their only good one away. In fact, their pitching is so solid, I don’t even know who will be the opening day pitcher. Take your pick…Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens. Take a look at Vazquez’s numbers at the end of the season compared to those three and we’ll see about the trade.

5 years 7 months ago

I think it’s a bit surprising that this seems to be the “bat” the Braves decided to get with the freed cash–that is unless there is some miracle that’s about to occur.

Slugger23
5 years 7 months ago

Hey ,it was cheap :)

5 years 7 months ago

I wasn’t saying the Glaus signing was a bad one, it just doesn’t add up to dealing a pitcher like Vazquez. That’s all.

Slugger23
5 years 7 months ago

Ohh I know…None of us Braves fans wanted Vasquez gone.But it is what it is now.We should be adding another outfield bat soon after this signing.I’m wondering who its gonna be..

5 years 7 months ago

You sure about that? I wanted him traded, he would get us the biggest return, and we only had 1 year left of him, and there’s no guarantee he repeats his career best year again.

5 years 7 months ago

You’re making it seem like he’s a one-year wonder. There are not many active pitchers who have endured as much success as Vazquez–and all before age 33!

5 years 7 months ago

No I never said he was a 1-year wonder, but that was by far his best year of his career, look at the stats. There’s a very slim chance he repeats that. Now we get Hudson for 3 years, Hanson, Jurrjens, Lowe, and Kawakami, I think we’re set and now that we let 1 year of Vazquez go, we get Glaus for a year, Dunn in the bullpen, a great 4th OF who could also start, and a top 3 prospect who could easily be better than Vazquez in the long run for many years to come. Good trade.

5 years 7 months ago

Javi WAS their most successful pitcher LAST YEAR. I would hardly rank him above Hudson, or Lowe based on his career work. Figure it out! Six starters tying up a ton of payroll so one had to go. They tried trading Lowe eating $3 mil per year. No takers! JJ and Hanson are untouchables, and no market for KK. Lowe has gotten over his little fit so all is well!

5 years 7 months ago

Hudson has pitched 184 innings the past two seasons combined. Lowe was ineffective last season.

To say that these pitchers are a notch above Javier Vazquez, who has struck out at least 150 batters in the past ten seasons while posting a 3.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP during that period, is a bit of a stretch.

In terms of careers, Hudson and Vazquez are a wash (I guess), but I wouldn’t say Lowe is.

5 years 7 months ago

Dude you better learn to read stats!

5 years 7 months ago

How do you figure?

Hudson was injured for the majority of 2009, and for part of 2008. Derek Lowe posted a 4.67 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.

5 years 7 months ago

Then what is all of this???
“Vazquez, who has struck out at least 150 batters in the past ten seasons while posting a 3.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP during that period.”
Explain how you get that 3.28 ERA over those ten years!
Lowe has a 3.84 ERA lifetime and has spent 2/3 of his career in the AL.
Javi has a 4.19 ERA lifetime and has spent 2/3 of his career in the NL.
Comparing him to Hudson is plain silly so I’ll let you try to figure out the stats, and yes Hudson missed parts of the past two seasons for the obvious reason. He is now healthy!

5 years 7 months ago

Ah, you’re right–he had a 3.98 ERA over those ten seasons. My bad.While I see your point about the AL/NL comparison, Lowe did not do well in the NL in 2009, so he’s obviously the weaker of the two.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

Lowe was with the Dodgers as well. Lowe is the weaker of the two because he had a career worse and Javy had a career year? I don’t understand. Lowe may not be better than Javier, but I assure you that Lowe + (Whoever is signed) + Melky + Dunn + (money not given up in Lowe trade) will be better than Javier + (possible prospect in Lowe trade) just this year. I’m not even including Glaus and Vicaino.

5 years 7 months ago

Actually, Lowe had his second worst year (see: 2004).

I see your point, but if they were cutting salary to sign Glaus, they really could have just not signed Saito.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

That’s why I didn’t include Glaus. The Javier deal wasn’t to make way for Glaus. It was for the prospects and so they could have only 5 pitchers instead of leaving KK in the BP. To make a team better, that’s not bad. It will be hard though to revert him back and signing a guy as a starter and using him in the BP looks bad too.

5 years 7 months ago

I’m pretty happy about Glaus, LOW rish with an extremely high reward. Nice Signing, I look for the Braves to bring in Damon now, or possibly Dye, we’ll see. but all and all nice job

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

I could see Dye but not Damon, he would have to lower his price alot and if he does that he will be back with the Yanks.

soupdujour
5 years 7 months ago

Glaus is NOT a low risk signing if you’re relying on him to be in your lineup for 150 games a year.

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

Glaus is a low risk moneywise, that’s why they should sign Nady to be a OF/1B backup plan for Gluas

BravesFanForever
5 years 7 months ago

And if neither one can play? Even $1 is too much if you are simply throwing it away…

Funny that so many fans are so concerned about the money part. If anything we fans should be up in arms, not glad that we got a low cost signing! I personally cannot wait until 2011 to see if Ted Turner or Arthur Blank would like to buy the Braves.

It has made me sick to no end to see the Braves give up great talent because these guys didn’t fit into the payroll. How many times has this happened over the years? And we want to get back to the playoffs???

There are two kinds of teams in baseball: Those who don’t know any limits to their payroll like the Yankees, and those who go for low cost, high potential minor league players like the Marlins or Twins. Where do the Braves fit in to this scheme??

bennie2323
5 years 7 months ago

YOu know I was think that since we got a right handed bat in Glaus, that maybe right or left handed doesnt matter for the outfield spot. We get a lefty and we go with Diaz, Mclouth and “new guy” to start the seaon and if Heyward is ready in ST then we go with Diaz/new guy platoon, Mclouth and Heyward. I was thinking we had to go with a righty but having Glaus (right handed bat) now really opens up some other options in the OF. Any lefty OF’s that maybe we havent been thinking of???

jcrabtree7
5 years 7 months ago

But where does Melky fit into that plan?

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

Actually I see Melky starting a corner position and leading off. Mclouth in Center and Diaz platooning with whoever they sign or even Schafer/Heyward. I would like to see them sign Ankiel. I think it would be a low risk high reward signing like Glaus.

PapaDragon3
5 years 7 months ago

There’s no way you hand Melky a starting spot while platooning Heyward, or even a healthy Schafer. Melky is a 4th outfielder, and should be used as such–occasionally filling in to give some guy a rest, or as a switch hitter spelling for someone facing same-handed pitching.

andrewdavis82
5 years 7 months ago

Dye or Damon is what I keep on hearing with an occassional Nady talk. All 3 are horrible in the field Dye has the best bat I think though. But can he still play in the OF. He would be cheap though how about signing him and Nady. I wonder if that is viable. Then Dye and Nady split time in the OF and Nady is there in case Glaus does get hurt (though I beleive his injury history is overstated & he did just pass a phsyical after handing out his medical reports like candy).

5 years 7 months ago

Agree! Dye could go out there on crutches and cover more ground then GA did last year!

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Braves had to be freeing up money for something else…not sure if it’s a mid season acquisition of something else…but Wren’s got something up his sleeve…

The thing most people forget is our 1-5 opening day this year is better than 1-5 last year without Vazquez

2009:
Lowe
Vazquez
JJ
Kawakami
Jo-Jo/Morton/Glavine

2010:
Hudson
JJ
Hanson
Lowe
Kawakami

5 years 7 months ago

I’ll take Hudson and Hanson over JOJO and Vazquez anyday!!! nice point

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Exactly, a full year of Hanson and Hudson should easily make up for the loss of Vazquez…plus we got a guy who slots in around our 3 or 4th best prospect…and Dunn should make an appearance or two out of this year’s bullpen…

5 years 7 months ago

That’s certainly a positive way to look at it, but the reality of the matter is that your rotation could have looked like this:

Hudson
Vazquez
JJ
Hanson
Lowe

Unless they make some big move for a bat, they could have just signed Troy Glaus instead of Takashi Saito.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

Glaus, hopefully will not cost 2 mil. 2 mil is the base. Hopefully, there will be incentives paid.

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

Vasquez has also historically alternated between good year and bad year. And even his good years in the past were never THAT good. I like Vasquez but I think that year was a fluke.

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Vazquez’s year wasn’t a fluke…but it is probably his one career year.The Braves found a suitor willing to take on his entire contract, and we got usable pieces for now(Melky, Dunn) and in the future(Vizcaino). Then with the saved money we basically signed Glaus and I imagine one more signing…Braves come out on top overall…IMHO

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

If he never pitched that good before and he never pitches that good again seems pretty flukey to me.

5 years 7 months ago

A “fluke” is when a player produces in a fashion they’ve never approached before and aren’t talented enough to approach again.

Both of those statements would be incorrect in regards to Vazquez. His “bad” years on the White Sox were more the result of bad luck than bad pitching.

Gaby_PR
5 years 7 months ago

I dont think we should be looking for another left hand bat (Johny Damon), instead we could go for Dye that will provide a better protection for Chip and Big Mc. If we could at least get Dye, I think we are set for the Wild Card. Go Bravos!

5 years 7 months ago

I like the deal for the Braves they freed up $ for glaus,but what about Laroche?

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Obviously he has no where to play here now…he must have not been willing to take a 1 or 2 year deal to stay…

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

Laroche never got an offer from the Braves, but he made it known he wants 3yrs & 30million good luck to him, I say he signs with the Mariners.

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like LaRoche is about to lose the M’s as a suitor if this Kotchman deal goes through…only leaves the Giants…

Peet29
5 years 7 months ago

yeah, I saw that. lol

5 years 7 months ago

Does anybody know how to put a team logo in the little box?

alxn
5 years 7 months ago

Nady makes the most sense. It would allow the Braves to rotate Glaus, Nady, Chipper, Prado, Infante, Diaz, Cabrera, McLouth, Heyward among 6 spots. Shortstop would be the only position without depth.

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not sold on Nady…

alxn
5 years 7 months ago

I would think some depth behind Glaus would be more important than an outfield bat right now. The Braves actually have pretty decent outfield depth. Nady or Scott would help in both areas.

If Nady was a sure thing he would probably be out of the Braves’s price range. Luke Scott would be a nice fit through a trade and provide similar skills with a lot more security. But then what do you do when Heyward arrives?

5 years 7 months ago

I agree on Luke Scott!
But don’t you mean to say depth behind Chipper? My guess is Glaus will be playing third for Atlanta in years to come.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Tim, when you look at the Vazquez trade this way:

Vazquez and Logan

for

Hudson, Vizcaino, Dunn, and Melky

and it looks very nice since thats just about a very even deal. Wren switches out Vazquez for Hudson (who has been a better more conistant pitcher than Vazquez) AND gains a blue-chip prospect, a nice cheap lefty pen arm, a versatile 4OF AND didn’t spend any extra cash.

This means we added talent to our club and still had all the cash saved from dropping Church, Johnson, Anderson, Soriano, Gonzalez and Hudson’s previous contract to add other hitters and relievers.

Its quite a nice deal when you look at it as whole flowing move.

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

And we still have an estimated 7-9 million free for another signing or midseason deal…

5 years 7 months ago

Yay, someone’s finally looking at it the way I’m looking at it.