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Rockies interested in Troy Glaus as Todd Helton’s backup

Dec 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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Troy Glaus finished the season in a horrible slump, going from the Braves’ starting first baseman to completely out of the team’s plans, so predictably there’s been little reported interest in him as a free agent.

However, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies may have some interest in Glaus as “a right-handed version of Jason Giambi” who would “play a little first base and pinch-hit.”

Giambi filled that role for the Rockies this season, but wasn’t an ideal fit to back up Todd Helton because they’re both left-handed hitters. Glaus would offer a right-handed bat to back up Helton and his ability to at least serve as an emergency option at third base would also give the Rockies some added flexibility over Giambi.

Whether or not Glaus can still make a positive impact in even a part-time role is another question. He signed a one-year contract with the Braves after sitting out nearly all of 2009 due to a shoulder injury and got off to a strong start, hitting .280 with an .874 OPS and 14 homers through his first 70 games.

Glaus then went 39 consecutive games without homering and batted .183 with a .557 OPS overall in 58 games after June 20, finishing the season with a .240 batting average, .340 on-base percentage, and .400 slugging percentage in 483 plate appearances. Even that modest season line would make him somewhat useful as a backup to Helton who could be spotted primarily against left-handed pitching and the Rockies seem like a good fit considering how little interest there figures to be elsewhere.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    If Glaus is worth anything, it’s as a part-time platooner. If they can get him in the $1 million range, he’s worth a shot.

  2. Tim's Neighbor - Dec 1, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Anyone who watched Glaus slump in July and August last year could tell he was hurt. This role should be ideal for him to keep him healthy. Oh, and he still hit some BP bombs while injured, so Coors could do wonders with that.

  3. Walk - Dec 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    He could barely run towards the end of the year. He won my respect though, i can tell you that. Anywhere from 300-400 abs he is going to be a positive pick up for most teams. I wouldn’t say he was strictly platoon player vs lefties only but rest benefits him big time. His batting average suffered towards the end of the season because he couldn’t run out close plays. Same with a few gappers and shots off the wall,long singles, i was really hoping to see him in atlanta again.

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