As per foxsports.com and mlbtraderumors.com Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Blue Jays Third Baseman Troy Glaus could be on his way out of Toronto for fellow hot corner counterpart Scott Rolen. The move of Rolen has been expected for some time now, since he has been feuding with Cardinals Manger Tony La Russa since last season.
If the move is in fact completed it would see the Blue Jays virtually stealing the left-side infield from the 2006 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, including the MVP David Eckstein who they signed earlier this offseason. This would appear to be something that would bode well for Jays fans, however there are still questions to be answered.
The deal is reportedly still hinging on the fact that both Glaus, and Rolen, who waived their no-trade clauses, need to undergo physicals which, considering at the end of the season they both had foot and shoulder surgery respectively, may still be somewhat of an obstacle for the two teams to clear.
Assuming this deal does go through, it is obvious that both players would likely benefit from a change of scenery. Rolen, because of his quarrels with La Russa, and Glaus because of his injury prone nature on the turf at Rogers Centre.
Again, while the trade is just speculated at this point, if completed, Blue Jays fans should be excited to have Rolen in the lineup. Considering he can hit for around a .300 average when healthy, Rolen will give the Jays’ power laden batting order more balance, but also Rolen has won seven gold gloves over his career, which puts him at third on the all-time list at third base. Given that Toronto also has defensive specialist John McDonald coming off the bench at shortstop, and Aaron Hill played solid defense at second base all last year, the Blue Jays could potentially make their infield airtight when groundball pitchers like Roy Halladay or Shaun Marcum are on the mound.