Not the best way to rebuild in my opinion and not the best use of $45M. The guy has not been healthy in two years, is a career .250 hitter and had only one really good season. But the altitude could mean a nice HR boost from a fantasy perspective and the move shows a commitment to improvement that could mitigate the negative side of moving RJ.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are set to sign free-agent third baseman Troy Glaus to a four-year, $45 million contract, a newspaper reported Thursday.
The Arizona Republic said Glaus agreed terms late Wednesday night and his signing would be announced by the Diamondbacks at a news conference Thursday at Bank One Ballpark.
Diamondbacks officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the newspaper's story.
The Republic said Glaus would be given a $4 million signing bonus and a salary of $8.25 million in 2005, $9.25 million in 2006, $10.75 million in 2007 and $12.75 million in 2008 with none of the money deferred.
The Anaheim Angels declined to offer salary arbitration to Glaus on Tuesday, cutting ties with the 2002 World Series MVP.
A three-time All-Star, the 28-year-old Glaus missed most of last season because of a right shoulder injury that required surgery on May 21. He batted .251 with 18 homers and 42 RBIs in 58 games.
Glaus led the American League with 47 homers in 2000, then hit 41 the following year. He has three 100-RBI seasons, but shoulder injuries have slowed him the past two years.
now how come they could do that but they couldn't give Sexson that much? Well I think that's a good place for Glaus to play and if he's healthy he'll put up really good numbers there. I don't see how they could trade RJ now though. They'll need someone to draw in the tickets.
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I can't see how Glaus is worth an avg of $11 million a year. That is about what Chavez and Rolen are making and Glaus isn't close to being the 3B that they are IMO. That seems like a lot of money to tie up in an injury prone guy.
Sexson and Glaus will be a formidable 1-2 if Sexson decides to come back. They are still going to be a terrible team and finish last in their division though. Trading 6 players for Sexson last yr absolutely destroyed any chances that team had.
Do we have any Diamondback fans around here that might be able to explain whats happening there? Do you really think signing Glaus for that much will help your team, or could the money have been put to better use elsewhere?
Not a DBacks fan, but the rest of their roster is looking to be pretty cheap. After Gonzo, their OF includes a Terrero (low cost) and possibly Hairston. Two rookie catchers, low cost MI (Cintron, Kata, Gil and/or Hairston if not OF). Hillenbrand or Tracy are also relatively cheap. After RJ, their rotation includes Webb (low cost) and a bunch of low cost vets and/or rookies. Their bullpen and closer are the same.
I guess they felt the needed a "name" player on offese to go with Gonzo. I agree that it seems to much. When I read the rumors, I was thinking $7-8M/year, not $11M.
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Like I said in another thread, Mets-West. If there ever was a prime candidate to bite the bullet on a 50 wins season and rebuild, AZ is it.
Also, I would not expect a big year out of Glaus--there is NO ONE hitting around him in that line-up. Of course he will crank some HRs, but if you want a .240 average to go along with your 40 HRs, get Dunn, at least will have people on base to drive in.
The guy that should be salivating is Beltre--if Glaus gets $11M per, what do you think Beltre is worth. Glaus' contract is really as distoriationary as Benson's.