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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Murti: Troy Glaus reached out to Yankees about a comeback

Troy: For Honor…For Victory…For Love…For Destiny…For Passion…(pulls muscle)...Fuhgeddaboudit.

Via Sweeny Murti: Retired third baseman Troy Glaus reached out to the Yankees about a potential comeback in the wake of Alex Rodriguez‘s new hip injury. The team instead signed Kevin Youkilis to fill-in at third base. Cody Ransom, who filled in for A-Rod during his first hip surgery in 2009, reached out to the team as well.

Glaus, 36, hasn’t played since 2010 but is supposedly 100% physically after battling knee and shoulder problems late in his career. He had some monster years with the Angels in the early-aughts (including a league-leading 47 homers in 2000), though he finished his career by hitting .240/.344/.400 (104 wRC+) with the Braves in 2010 while playing first base because the shoulder problems prevented him from making the throw from third.

Repoz Posted: December 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4325465)
I'd sure invite him to camp.
   2. Leroy Kincaid Posted: December 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4325472)
I woulda guessed he was 46 by now.
   3. Brian White Posted: December 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4325473)
Sure, in the last game of his career, the Braves put him at third to improve their infield defense. But that doesn't actually mean you really want him playing third.
   4. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4325481)
If I were the Angels, I'd invite him to camp. If they trade Trumbo/Morales and want more pop they could put him at DH and if he is healthy and can play 3rd have him split time with Callaspo when the fly ball pitchers are on the mound.

Dude can hit and take a walk. Or he COULD. He'd be worth a look.
   5. jyjjy Posted: December 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4325508)
With A-Rod + Youkilis + Glaus you would want a back up for the back up of your back up.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: December 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4325541)
With A-Rod + Youkilis + Glaus you would want a back up for the back up of your back up.
Yo dawg, I heard you like backups.
   7. catomi01 Posted: December 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4325550)
Ransom wouldn't be a bad idea if they want someone who can play short better than nunez, and hit better than pena.
   8. AROM Posted: December 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4325557)
Given that Glaus played some third towards the end of 2010 with the Braves, I don't think his physical limitations are why he played mostly 1b that year. He played first because the Braves had a pretty good 3b (until his injury) and needed a bat for first.
   9. Dan Posted: December 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM (#4325564)
Ransom wouldn't be a bad idea if they want someone who can play short better than nunez, and hit better than pena.


Pena is already gone. He signed a minor league deal with the Braves.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: December 15, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4325581)
Ty Wiggington signed with the Cardinals, but if the Yankees really wanted him, hopefully management will be willing to void the contract. (most pointless signing of the off season)
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4325585)
Sure, most players who retired between 2005 and 2010 would listen if the Yankees called. Except Curtis Pride.
   12. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4325595)
Well played Gonfalon.
   13. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4325619)
Dude can hit and take a walk. Or he COULD. He'd be worth a look.


His last seasons worth of PAs (515 over 2009-2010) he averaged a 98 OPS+. And that was 3 years ago.

As for his defense, he was given the nickname "Dinosaur on Rollerskates" for a reason.
   14. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4325626)
I hadn't looked at his last seasons. Yeah, he looks toasty.

But, as an Angel fan, I will always be skewed in my Glaus analysis because of 2000-2002.
   15. Sweatpants Posted: December 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM (#4325659)
Glaus won NL Player of the Month in May 2010 and had a good June, and then he lost it all overnight once the calendar turned to July. He looked just totally washed up, barely able to move out there. Maybe he's healthier now, but I'd be surprised if he ever makes it back.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: December 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4325703)
Continuing last year's Yankees theme, Glaus had 3.1 WAR in 2005 or, if they're updating, 3.9 WAR in 2006. So he's perfect for them. They may also want to grab Hafner and Sizemore or Gary Matthews jr. They already have Ichiro and Jeter.
   17. Loren F. Posted: December 15, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4325806)
Continuing last year's Yankees theme, Glaus had 3.1 WAR in 2005 or, if they're updating, 3.9 WAR in 2006. So he's perfect for them. They may also want to grab Hafner and Sizemore or Gary Matthews jr. They already have Ichiro and Jeter.


They'd be the favorite for the 2006 World Series for sure.

Oh, wait...
   18. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM (#4325810)
During the last two seasons Ichiro's WARP hasn't been much better than that of a replacement player.
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM (#4325819)
I always wanted Glaus in Boston. One of my favorite players in the game, I could watch him swing all day.
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM (#4325856)
Continuing last year's Yankees theme, Glaus had 3.1 WAR in 2005 or, if they're updating, 3.9 WAR in 2006. So he's perfect for them. They may also want to grab Hafner and Sizemore or Gary Matthews jr. They already have Ichiro and Jeter.

Jermaine Dye is available.
   21. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 16, 2012 at 03:45 AM (#4325910)
19 - As a long time Angel fan I remember the hype surrounding Troy as he worked his way through the minors. I also remember his first big league hit - a double the other way. I was so stoked to see him arrive. Much like when Trout appeared in 2011. I stopped all I was doing to watch that debut and follow religiously.

Glaus was so much fun to watch hit. That 2000 club with him, Salmon, Big Mo and the last good Erstad season (great season actually) was amazing. I was in grad school in SoCal that year and listened to tons of games on the radio. It was continually 7-6, 9-8 and the like because they had no pitching at all.

At all.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: December 16, 2012 at 08:00 AM (#4325928)
During the last two seasons Ichiro's WARP hasn't been much better than that of a replacement player.


Does anyone even use warp to rate players? Have they ever fixed their putrid defensive system?
   23. BDC Posted: December 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4325960)
Oh what the heck, comps for Glaus: 3B and corner OF, centered on him in terms of PAs and OPS+, ranked by RField:

Player           Rfield   PA OPS+  SB         Pos
J
.DDrew            69 6153  125  87      *98/7D
Ken Keltner          60 6312  112  39        
*5/3
Doug DeCinces        56 6534  115  58    
*5/4D637
Joe Rudi             45 6077  112  25    
*73/D985
Jackie Jensen        22 6078  120 143       
*98/7
Raul Mondesi         20 6369  113 229      
*98/7D
Troy Glaus           14 6355  119  56      
*53/D6
Elmer Valo            2 6091  115 110       
*97/8
Ben Oglivie          
-2 6598  118  87     *79D/38
Jeromy Burnitz       
-5 6580  112  74      *987/D
Cliff Floyd          
-9 6063  119 148     *79D3/8
Gene Woodling       
-10 6614  123  29        *798
George Bell         
-12 6592  113  67     *7D9/54
Kevin Seitzer       
-14 6062  111  80 *53D/476981
Pat Burrell         
-39 6520  116   7      *7D/39
Al Smith            
-39 6173  113  67     975/864
Jeff Burroughs     
-104 6449  121  16       97D/


I dunno why I find this list so interesting; it just picks up lots of unusual and enjoyable players that I haven't seen in the HOF-case comps lists I usually draw up. All very good players, though they range between guys who plugged along at a high level consistently (Rudi, Valo, DeCinces, Glaus himself), and those who put together an MVP season in the middle of decent careers (Jensen, Bell, Burroughs). Glaus really is in the middle of the list, not only by hitting and playing time, but by defense and also by speed – when young he was never super-fast, but he was unembarrassing on the bases. A very solid 3B.
   24. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4326012)
Adrian Beltre, Troy Glaus and Aramis Ramirez all debuted in 1998. That's three pretty good third basemen in one year.
   25. Walt Davis Posted: December 16, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4326103)
Adrian Beltre, Troy Glaus and Aramis Ramirez all debuted in 1998. That's three pretty good third basemen in one year.

Yeah, but not as good as Sean Burroughs, Hank Blalock and Eric Hinske.

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