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Troy Glaus may sit out this season

Jan 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

Troy Glaus

The winter has been a bit rude to free agent first baseman Troy Glaus.

The 34-year-old drew mild interest from the Rockies in early December, but talks never went anywhere and he wasn’t linked to another club the rest of the way.  Now, according to Ken Rosenthal of, he is considering retirement.  Or at least sitting out for the 2011 season.

Glaus posted a decent .240/.344/.400 overall batting line, 17 home runs and 71 RBI across 128 games in 2010, but he had a horrible second half and clubs are probably worried that whatever was plaguing him in August, September and October of last season will carry over into 2011.  Plus, his limited range defensively has made him useful at only one position.

Here’s his agent, Mike Nicotera:

“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.  After a good deal of thought and discussion in each instance, he decided to pass on playing.”

He could decide to look for offers mid-summer, when teams might be dealing with injuries or simply looking to add depth.  Glaus still has some amount of power potential.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    He makes some sense for the Twins. They could use a little right-handed punch and he can play first, third or left field. Granted, he’s really only worth running out there at first base, but he’s an option.

    • bobulated - Jan 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      To even think of putting Glaus in left is insane; he could barely move at 1B. He complained last season that 1B was harder on him physically than 3B because he actually had to move on almost every play. Given that, how would his glacial speed and shot knees translate into an OF position at all?
      When a 34yr old 1B/3B with 54yr old legs takes a season off he might as well be retiring. At best Glaus is DH material that could give a team a spot start or two at 1B, it was painfully obvious to the Braves that he had no range left at 3B late last season.

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

        At no point was I suggesting he’s a regular left fielder. The dude played some left field when he was rehabbing from shoulder surgery is all and it’s a position that he can play in a pinch.

        He’d undoubtedly be a bat off the bench who could contribute at 3B/1B/DH/LF. No one in their right mind views him as an everyday regular in the field at any position.

      • bobulated - Jan 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        The only time Troy Glaus should be in the outfield is during warm-ups. I know you didn’t mean full time but even a 1/3 of an inning out there would be too much.

  2. cintiphil - Jan 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Lets not be mean. His time has come and gone, but he had some good years with some pop in that bat. I don’t see many teams signing him anyway.

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