With most of this year's free agent first basemen off the market, Troy Glaus is one of the few remaining names who could intrigue teams in need of power. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the former World Series MVP will sit out at least the start of the 2011 season, and perhaps longer. While Glaus isn't officially retiring, agent Mike Nicotera tells Rosenthal that his client has passed on the offers he's received so far this winter.
"Troy had opportunities to sign with more than one club this offseason and each time he was presented with a particular opportunity, he weighed it against spending more time with his wife and family," Nicotera said. "After a good deal of thought and discussion in each instance, he decided to pass on playing."
Glaus signed a one-year deal with the Braves last January, and turned in a strong first half, posting an .802 OPS and 14 homers before the All-Star break. However, wrist and knee injuries derailed the 34-year-old's season, leading to a .598 OPS in 134 second half plate appearances.
MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith discussed potential suitors for Glaus a month ago, but many of the teams mentioned in the piece have signed similar players since then.
I bet a contender signs him late in the season for a playoff push. My guess is the Red Sox nab him, especially if Ortiz is struggling or injured come August.
Possible, but if Ortiz is struggling in DH my bet is Theo would prefer to trade for someone who’s already producing rather than someone who would be a gamble.
Troy Glaus, meet Jermaine Dye.
Did Dye really choose to “sit out” the season? I might be / am probably wrong but Glaus got offers to turn down whereas I thought Dye had almost no interest from anyone. Which I still think was a shame.
Dye had offers, just not enough years or cash involved in any of them, then I think it was Hudson who cried racism. In this case Glaus isn’t sure if it’s worth coming back, in Dye’s case it was a guy best suited for a DH position insisting on playing the outfield and wanting way more than he was worth as a poor defensive RF or as a DH. Dye priced himself out.
Dye felt like he was offered low ball deals, but he just really felt he was worth alot more than he actually is in reality.
Yeah, Dye really did choose to did out the season. Dye did have some interest from teams; however, his poor defense and high salary expectations led to him choosing to sit out the 2010 season
if glaus sits out this year…..hes done….he’ll never play again..
How do you know? He could come back.
we dont see a ton of teams knocking on Dye’s door do we? its like people that say they are taking a break from school……they either wait years to go back or flat out never do. well, glaus doesnt have time on his side, nor a healthy season.
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I agree. I don’t see him coming back, this year or beyond. Oh well, he had a solid career, won a World Series ring and never has to worry about money ever again. Most players will never have the opportunity to be in the World Series, let alone win it. More power to him.
I agree. He had a very nice career. He could have done more if not for injuries but those things happen. He accomplished a lot and played the right way.
Played the game the right way? He was a peds user who’s body has broken down cuz of this! His numbers were grossly inflated by the juice or else that career wouldn’t look so nice if he played the game “right”! Not being a hater but please dont be blind to the truth!
Do you have any proof that he used steroids. Did you watch him shoot up. I hate people like you. You make me sick. Like you live such a good life you hypocrite.
how do you know he used peds? i could say the same thing about david ortiz and say that the red sox wouldn’t have won the series without steroids. what a jerk.
As a Braves fan, I appreciate what he brought to the 2010 team. He switched positions to 1B, understanding his own range limitations. Then after Chipper’s injury, he started taking grounders at 3B during his rehab stint. Plus, he had one hell of a May (NL Player of the Month with .330 AVG, .534 SLG, 6 HR, 28 RBI). Sure, he’s slow and has the knees of 75-year old, but he did just fine for $1.75MM base salary.
He basically carried the team through May. Also can’t forget that sweet double play he started in the NLDS.
That game made me forever believe that Glaus, Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth will always be welcome in Atlanta. I wish all those guys the best of luck next year, and I hope Troy catches on with a club or simply enjoys life at home with his family.
Good for Glaus… Why is it that when a guy wants to spend time with his wife and kids people want to knock him? Playing half a season would probably suit Glaus better anyway, he carried the Braves in the first half last season before various injuries slowed him down. I actually hope to see Glaus play in 2011, if anything I will always respect him for his contributions to the Braves in the first half of 2010 and for his veteran attitude when the club traded for Derrek Lee.
Do we know any of the teams that did offer a contract to Glaus?
Glaus is one guy who could use a little rest. He basically carried his team in the first half of the season, but those knees just flat gave out on him. Could be a sleeper pickup for a team in either league looking for a postseason push in the second half.
Troy Glaus is a good guy. That’s all I’m saying.
glaus seems like a perfect guy for the yankees bench..he can play 1st, has experience at 3rd and SS(could play in a pinch) and could DH right handed bat off the bench seems like a good fit
No way Glaus can play short anymore. He can barely play third
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I was expecting the Rays to pick him up.
I like him for the Cubs. ARam only played in 84 games last year and Pena can’t hit lefties at all. Glaus would be great off the bench to PH and to back up at 3rd and 1st.
It is a good idea for them if theyre competing in the Central after the All Star Break. Otherwise, could just be money for nothing. BTW, When are the Cubs gonna unload Soriano, ala Wells??
Troy Glaus, we hardly knew ye.
Troy Glaus has been my favorite player since his days with the Angels. I am going to miss seeing him play but respect his decision. The following was also quoted by his agent Mike Nicotera:
“At this point, Troy is just looking forward to becoming a dad for the first time (his wife is due at the end of February) and to being able to spend a spring at home for the first time in many years. As for his future in terms of baseball, he hasn’t closed any doors permanently.”
Congratulations Troy and family – hope to see you playing ball again this year!