TORONTO — The Jays and Cards are discussing a trade that would swap third basemen Troy Glaus and Scott Rolen. According to sources, the sides are close to a deal, pending physicals and some financial details.
I like this move for the Jays. Rolen is an upgrade on defense and can provide a solid bat. He’s coming off left shoulder surgery, but he had a strong year after a similar operation in ’05. This is the second surgery on the shoulder, and he’s expected to be OK for this season.
Glaus, meanwhile, is coming off left foot surgery and I think he’s a bigger risk playing on the turf in Toronto. He’s had leg issues ever since he came north and he didn’t look good in the field last year. I was surprised at how well he manned third in ’06, but he didn’t fare as well in ’07. Glaus also makes the media wait eons to get a few questions in, but that’s a whole other issue…
Money wise, Rolen is on the books for $12 million in each of the next three years. Glaus is slated to make $12.75 in ’08 and another $11.25 in ’09 through a player option. As part of the deal, St. Louis would probably have to send some cash Toronto’s way. Both players would also have to waive their no-trade clauses, which won’t be an issue in this case.