The team needed to trade Rolan away for younger talent, not the older and physically banged up Glaus....
i'd say best case scenario is trading rolen for young talent. however, such a trade would be very difficult to pull off. i am fairly confident mozeliak attempted to find such a trade and i've been told laroche + juan pierre for rolen was once on the table. i think mozeliak did fairly well under the circumstances. glaus can be a pretty good player, has a year less on his deal, and has the less serious injury questions. larussa kind of put the team in a bad spot by all but announcing the relationship irreconcilable. the cardinals managed risk pretty well with this trade. perhaps rolen has a higher ceiling, but glaus is more likely to be the most productive over the next two years. should glaus play well, the cards could still move him for prospects although i doubt they will. this trade really solidified the offense, imo. pujols is great, as we know. the outfield is quite promising. ankiel should easily out hit edmonds. duncan was putting up a .900 ops before he was injured. ludwick went .274/.372/.469 after the break and .298/.362/.547 vs. righties overall. barton appears to be an intriguing option and there is always that rasmus kid waiting in the wings. i dont really care too much for larussa, but one thing he does well is mix and match players and the outfield could be quite productive if healthy and the right matchups are used. all thats left is to cross your fingers on the pitching. i am not holding my breath, but this trade gave them a solid chance to be competitive the next two years.
back to andy laroche + juan pierre for scott rolen....at first glance, i dismissed it. pierre's contract is pug fugly. however, he is owed approximately the same amount as rolen. pierre gets about $36MM over four years and rolen about $36 over 3. if the cardinals could trade pierre by eating about half the contract, it would be a pretty interesting trade. laroche might make salaries of about $375M, $500M, $1MM, $5MM, $7.5MM, and $10MM. thats a total salary of $24.4MM. add in about $18MM to make pierre disappear and you have six years of laroche for a total cost of about $42MM. that might be worth it. i dont fault him for taking glaus though.