Troy Glaus Heading To Atlanta

Tony BettackContributor IDecember 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Troy Glaus #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat in Game Two of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Troy Glaus to a one-year, incentive-based deal.

This could very well be the bat that Braves GM Frank Wren had been mentioning. Glaus is expected to play first base for the Braves; however, he has only played six games of his 1,360 appearances at first.

The Braves have made a strong move to add a veteran run producer to the lineup. Glaus has hit 20 or more HR eight times in his career, the last coming in 2008 when he hit 27 homers.

The deal implies that Glaus will be the bridge to highly touted prospect Freddie Freeman. He is expected to make his debut in the majors around the 2011-2012 seasons.

With the possibility that Baseball America's No. 1-rated prospect, Jason Heyward, could make the team during spring training, I think Glaus will fit well into a lineup with the likes of Chipper Jones and Brian McCann.

It appears Wren is doing a good job with adding offense to go with an already stellar pitching staff. This might be a year that the Braves contend for an National League East title.

Hopefully, more moves are to come.