Troy Glaus has a home run title and a World Series MVP Award to his name, but the former third overall pick has a dwindling number of potential destinations for next year. The 34-year-old posted a .240/.344/.400 line for the Braves last year, slumping badly in the second half. He was playing shortstop as recently as 2006 (interleague games only) but Glaus is a first baseman/DH at this stage in his career. He has appeared in just nine games at third since 2009.
Some DH vacancies have been filled and the teams that do need first basemen and DHs may hesitate to add Glaus because of his second half slump and injury history (he missed time with knee and shoulder injuries in 2009-10). Here are some teams that could consider Glaus between now and Spring Training:
- The Rays could add Glaus as a first baseman/DH.
- The Rangers have discussed Glaus and have a DH opening.
- The Twins could consider him if they don't re-sign Jim Thome.
- The Blue Jays have Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind at first/DH. Would they consider reacquiring Glaus if his price drops enough?
An alternative to LaRoche and Lee:
- It wouldn't shock many people if Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche end up playing for the Nationals and Orioles. But if either one of those clubs decides to look at alternatives, Glaus could become an option.
A potential National League fit:
- The Dodgers occasionally used Ronnie Belliard at first base last year. He's gone, so the Dodgers could use a right handed hitter to complement James Loney, who has hit just .261/.321/.381 against lefties in his career. Marcus Thames may be a better fit for the Dodgers, since he can also play left field, but Glaus makes some sense if his price drops enough.