As Matt Holliday and Jason Bay dominate the headlines on the free agent front, one name that we have not heard much from is Troy Glaus. Until now, that is:
Free agent Troy Glaus traveled to Los Angeles last week to see Dr. Lewis Yocum for a physical exam, and he's making the records available to all 30 clubs to show teams he's healthy, says ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.
"We wanted Troy to get an updated physical so clubs could be more comfortable with his condition," said Glaus' agent, Mike Nicotera. Glaus, who owns a horse farm in New Jersey, has been lifting weights and working out at big leaguer Jack Cust's facility in Flemington, N.J., with "no restrictions," according to Nicotera.
Glaus missed most of 2009 after undergoing shoulder surgery last January. He returned to play 14 games for St. Louis in September and October. Although Glaus is willing to log some DH at-bats next season, Nicotera said his preference is to land a full-time job at first base or third base. Glaus hit 27 homers and drove in 99 runs in 151 games with the Cardinals in 2008.
The O's are looking for a corner infielder, who can hit for power to replace Melvin Mora and Glaus would seem to fit the bill here. Aside from Adam Jones, the O's are heavily stacked from the left side so Glaus could provide some balance to the potentially potent Orioles offense.
I think Glaus would be a great fit here because he would be surrounded by great hitters (Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel) and as a result, the potential for a monster season is very high. If Glaus regains his health and stroke, then the Twins could have one of the strongest lineups in baseball. The Twins have been linked to free agent Joe Crede, but let's be honest here, Glaus offers far more upside than Crede.
Aside from Pablo Sandoval, the Giants really have no power in their lineup, which is a huge problem. The Giants' limited payroll flexibility has prevented them from going after either of the top two power hitters on the market: Matt Holliday and Jason Bay. Glaus would be a low cost option for a Giants team that is looking for cheap power hitters that will require a short-term commitment.
The Mariners have made a number of splashes so far, but they still have a glaring hole: power-hitter. Glaus could provide the Mariners with a low-cost power-hitter, who could play first base should Russell Branyan become too expensive.
If the Braves strike out in their quest to re-sign Adam LaRoche, then Glaus might become an option at first base. The Braves have been searching for a right-handed power-hitter for most of the offseason, which is a need that Glaus could fill if he's healthy.