Poll time: If Braves get Lee, should they drop-kick Glaus?

Troy Glaus homered against Los Angeles Sunday but he has only two in his last 46 games.

Troy Glaus homered against Los Angeles Sunday but he has only two in his last 46 games.

If the Braves acquire first baseman Derrek Lee — and that’s a good move only if the Chicago Cubs’ first baseman doesn’t arrive in traction for his bad back — general manager Frank Wren has a question: What does he do with Troy Glaus?

Glaus has been a lightning rod almost from Day 1. First, he was an embarrassment (.194 with nine RBIs in April). Then he was a Godsend (.330 with 28 RBI in May). Now he’s pretty much flotsam again (.174 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 46 games). He has grounded into a team-high 16 double plays and struck out his first three times up Tuesday night against Washington (he wound up going 1-for-5, with a meaningless eighth-inning RBI double in a 10-2 win).

Manager Bobby Cox remains loyal to Glaus, but he’s in the minority. So what are the Braves to do? Here are the options:

♦ RELEASE HIM: Glaus can’t be traded. So if the Braves simply want him off the payroll, they’ll have to simply say goodbye. His base salary ($1.75 million) is a non-factor. But he already has made an additional $950,000 in bonuses for roster and plate appearances (that’s $2.7 million combined). He has 466 plate appearances. His next incentive bonus ($350,000) kicks in at 500 plate appearances. There are other plateaus at 550 PA ($400,000) and 600 PA, which isn’t likely ($550,000). So the Braves could save some money on incentives.

If the Braves acquire Derrek Lee, what should they do with Troy Glaus?

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♦ BENCH HIM: If the Braves want a potential power bat on the bench, they could simply make Glaus a reserve. This could appease Cox and leave open the possibility that extra rest would help Glaus’s ailing knees, potentially making him a viable option down the stretch. The built-in assumption there, however, is that he’s not already toast and still has something left to contribute. The other issue: Would you trust Glaus in a crucial at-bat in September or a postseason game?

♦ DISABLE HIM: Like benching Glaus, this would give him some needed rest. It also would put a stop sign on more  incentive bonuses. If there comes a time when the Braves are confident Glaus is ready to contribute, then he could be activated, probably when rosters expand in September.

One final word on this subject: Many have you have screamed for the Braves to bring up prospect Freddie Freeman from Gwinnett. That’s understandable, given how he’s ripping up Triple-A. But it also seems clear that the Braves have some concerns about adding another 20-year-old to the roster during a playoff race (not to mention the financial aspect of starting the clock on Freeman’s arbitration window). Otherwise, Freeman would’ve been here already.

So what do you think? I’ll put up a poll but I also want to see your comments. If the Lee trade is completed, do the Braves release Glaus, bench him or disable him?

My vote, by the way: Disable him. It buys time and saves money.

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200 comments Add your comment

DCbravosfan

August 18th, 2010
1:07 pm

first . . . and keep glaus . . . spot starts at 3rd

Tim Tebow's Tears

August 18th, 2010
1:08 pm

Bryan G.

August 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

I think disable him would probably be the best bet. That way I don’t have to see him come up and hit into another late inning DP for at least 15 days.

DCbravosfan

August 18th, 2010
1:11 pm

also, any idea of how he would respond to a trip to the DL? Glaus seems like a class guy, but I worry that the Bravos putting him on a fake DL stint might be a shot at his ego that sinks him for the rest of the year

Braves fan80

August 18th, 2010
1:12 pm

Remember Lee has injury problems also would be smart to keep Glaus as a spot starter at first and also a bat off the bench.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 18th, 2010
1:12 pm

they should keep him. he was mvp for the world series at on point in time. if the brave are in the WS, he could be the DH. Resting him can only do good. GO BRAVES!!!

Brownie

August 18th, 2010
1:13 pm

If the Braves won’t have to send any minor leaguers to the Cubs to consummate this deal (just a financial deal), then I would be all for this. I unfortunately have no confidence that Glaus will get healthy enough to return to his May (or even June) form, if he plays every day. And if Lee’s back is iffy, platooning the two of them works for me – probably get more out of both of them that way.

The Braves should NOT just dump Troy – he has played very hurt all year, what a gamer with no complaints or requests to sit out. With rest, he might just give us some productivity in the stretch run and playoffs.

Ric Flair

August 18th, 2010
1:14 pm

I like the idea of disabling him….. If he has time to heal and he’s not playing every day, I still think he can help us.

Herschel Talker

August 18th, 2010
1:14 pm

Schultzie:

Just bench him. That May production means he shouldn’t be released. There’s always one roster spot that’s dead weight, so it should be him.

HT

Gary O.

August 18th, 2010
1:15 pm

Jeff,

The plan for the Braves is for Freeman to be the starting 1B next season. So my understanding is that if they bring him up now, or wait until next Spring, then his arbitration clock will be the same.

But they are probably waiting until rosters expand in September to bring him up.

As for Glaus, I say disable him. That will give him at least 2 weeks to rest, and I think his biggest problem is his legs/knees. He alsmost fell over on 3B last night, just trying to keep his balance.

Ree Roe

August 18th, 2010
1:15 pm

DL for Glaus. Jeff, what is the timetable for getting this trade done with Lee? By the end of the day? End of the week? And is there any real chance it doesn’t get done at this point?

-REEgal Roe!!!

PMC

August 18th, 2010
1:17 pm

We was thinking the Braves would get in trouble for assault if they was to disable somebody… That’s kind of mean isn’t it?

stevie zero

August 18th, 2010
1:17 pm

put him on the dl and let him rest. his body is obviously in need with or without derek lee. he is a hinderence in an already schizophrenic lineup. he hasn’t performed in two months and im sick of seeing him struggle EVERY GAME. derek lee is at least hitting (when healthy) and glaus is neither hitting nor healthy

joe

August 18th, 2010
1:17 pm

Keep him on the bench…might be again good after a loooooonnnngg rest.

ThreeDawgKnight

August 18th, 2010
1:18 pm

Loyalty: (not much left in today’s world)
BC’s greatest strength. That’s why everyone
in baseball [D.Lee] included wants to play
for the man.

We would not even be in the race w/o Troy.
His Big ‘May’ = key to season.

Willi

August 18th, 2010
1:19 pm

Glaus is another of Bobby’s worthless favorites, I don’t understand why he still is in the lineup, GET RID of him.

JoshTown

August 18th, 2010
1:20 pm

What if we get Lee, then a week and a half from now his back goes out? With Glaus on the DL, it’ll be harder to replace. I say bench him, use him late in the game for some pop, and have a back up in case Lee doesn’t work out.

Thoughtful

August 18th, 2010
1:21 pm

I agree with the comments. The Braves should definitely keep him. I would put him on the DL to give those knees some rest. The break would also give Cox time to get comfortable with Lee without the temptation of running Glaus back out there before he’s ready out of loyalty. If Glaus ready, bring him back the last couple weeks of the season to get his timing down and to see whether he has anything left. Worst case, if Lee’s back doesn’t recover, the Braves have a rested Glaus that has to be better than the one that is clearly running on empty at the moment.

Mr_Ed

August 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

Don’t trade for lee, and upset the cart let’s finish the dance with the one who has brought us this far

Sleeze

August 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

Willi, can the rest of us get rid of you?

BoroBall3

August 18th, 2010
1:23 pm

I thought that if you release someone, you’d still have to pay his contract? Yeah he wouldnt reach the incentives with AB’s, but he would still be owed about $250k in base salaray for the rest of the season (give or take)

Thoughtful

August 18th, 2010
1:25 pm

If we could keep Norton for a year, certainly we can carry Glaus for another couple months. If both knees failed and he lost his eyesight, Glaus still has a better chance of getting a hit (maybe even a blind-squirrel HR) than Norton did at any point last year. AND NORTON WAS HEALTHY!

John L

August 18th, 2010
1:25 pm

I’d bench him,pay him his bonus.The guy is terrible right now,but he did put this team on his back and carried it to first place.The man is trying his best,its painful to watch,but he is hurting the club.

Mike

August 18th, 2010
1:25 pm

Much effort for little/no reward?

Trading for Lee makes me nervous b/c we can be sure we’re getting anything better than what we have with Glaus. I was one of the first to write Glaus off in April and had to shut up the following month, so I believe he can get hot again. Glaus would also make a pretty expensive bench player…kinda like when KK was in the bullpen. I have been a Derek Lee fan for years and when it comes to clubhouse atmosphere, I know he’d fit right in. But I still wonder if it’s going to be worth trading for him in the long run – not knowing if he’ll be an improvement. I say keep Glaus around.

brewhaha

August 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

Keep him, give him time off those gimpy knees and use him to spell Lee every few games. He’d also be a decent bat off the bench as well as insurance if Lee goes down

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 18th, 2010
1:26 pm

i believe it will be a win/win situation for the braves. they can rest one while the other get a chance to play. eventually both will get well from injury. then you can have a choice of an offensive threat of the plate.

Mike

August 18th, 2010
1:27 pm

sorry, that was supposed to say “Trading for Lee makes me nervous b/c we CAN’T be sure…”

typical poster on this blog

August 18th, 2010
1:28 pm

make him the manager since everyone thinks Cox is so bad…

Ramblin Wrecker

August 18th, 2010
1:29 pm

Jeff,

You are wrong about Freddie Freeman’s arb clock, and for some reason nobody at the AJC will inform the readers about the arb clock process.

Freeman could have been called up any time after June 1, 2010 and IF the Braves planned on him being the starting first baseman on opening day 2011, he would still not be eligible for arbitration any sooner than 2013 if he is a Super Two (which if he stayed on the roster that entire time, he would get Super Two).

I think what the Braves aren’t telling us, and the AJC is not bright enough to realize is that the reluctance the Braves are showing to bringing up Freeman is not about him being a rookie, because they don’t need him to be the starter, just a bench bat part time starter, but it’s because they don’t really plan on him starting from day one in 2011, but rather to keep him down until June (a la Stephen Strasburg) to keep him from reaching arb until 2014.

TF

August 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

Does DLee not have to clear waivers before a trade is completed? Will the Phils not block it?

As for Glaus, releasing him sends a clear message to the clubhouse that holes in the lineup will not be tolerated down the stretch.

Jt

August 18th, 2010
1:34 pm

I know loyalty supposedly means nothing to sports teams anymore, but you can’t just release Glaus. First of all the Braves would not be in first place if not for him. He carried them in May and early June. Secondly, Lee is as injury prone as Glaus is. I think some time on the DL would be good for him and then figuring out whether to use him to spell Lee or as a pinch hitter. Can’t be so cold as to release him- can they?

OldSkool

August 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Are you kidding? This is a no-brainer… Bench the Biotch! Last night’s ABs are Glauses season in a microcosm: “Dude, you’ve got two strikes on you… Cut down your hack and simply put it in play.”

That’s my beef with his approach.

LCJ

August 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

I wouldn’t trade for Lee, but would more actively utilize Hinske against RHPs. Use Glaus only against Leftys. This would keep the team chemistry and also keep Hinske active. Somehow they keep winning with the current team. Don’t mess it up!

siskel_god

August 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

He could be a very dangerous bench bat in the playoffs if he gets hot again. Using him as a pinch hitter comes with the understanding that you can NEVER let him hit if there is a runner on first, I would rather let Peter Moylan hit with a runner at first. Troy can still run into one occasionally so keep him around, it really can’t hurt anything.

Clarence

August 18th, 2010
1:37 pm

c’mon. we’uns no want darius lee. git sumone good like that fat prince — fielder.

jsf3000

August 18th, 2010
1:37 pm

Disable him.

I don’t thik any pitcher would be scared to pitch to Glaus in the post season (or any season for that matter).

Derek Lee

August 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

Drop kick him.

F-105 Thunderchief

August 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

Move him to the bench and let him recuperate. With Lee being creaky, too, maybe you get one really good first baseman from the two of them.

Jeff Schultz

August 18th, 2010
1:43 pm

Gary O. — If Freeman makes the team out of spring training next season, then you are correct. Personally, I never assume a prospect is going to make the team until he actually does. I’ve seen too many cases of a team deciding somebody wasn’t ready — and erring when they thought he was. The extreme example of this: Jordan Schafer. That’s why I wrote what I wrote (and this goes for the other commenter who thinks the rest of us are all idiots). Frank Wren himself reminded everybody the other day about how delicate the process is.

Mark's for the Braves

August 18th, 2010
1:43 pm

Keep Glaus. He’ll come around. Bring up Freeman in September and play them both. It’ll give Glaus some rest. Who needs another broken down firstbaseman in Lee? Now if you can land Ramirez from the Cubs, that’s a different story…

Najeh Davenpoop

August 18th, 2010
1:44 pm

I like the “disable him” option. It provides the Braves with the highest level of flexibility, and in the event Lee himself gets injured at some point the Braves may actually need Glaus back. A healthy, rested Glaus would only serve to deepen the bench come playoff time. I see no reason to release him unless he’s being a bad locker room guy, which is clearly not the case.

Jeff Schultz

August 18th, 2010
1:45 pm

Ramblin Wrecker: See above.

Ralph

August 18th, 2010
1:45 pm

Why do you say they can not trade him? Is it a contract thing? The Cardinals would do anything to have him catching the ball at 3b for them.

Jeff Schultz

August 18th, 2010
1:45 pm

Oldskool — His legs are gone. It’s obvious.

Jeff Schultz

August 18th, 2010
1:47 pm

For those inquiring (here or via Twitter) on the disabling thing — It’s not like the Braves would be “faking” anything. Glaus is legitimately ailing — although he’s never admitted that publicly.

Jeff Schultz

August 18th, 2010
1:48 pm

Ralph — I mean “can’t” as in nobody would give anything for him. And no, the Cardinals would not want him as their third basemen right not because he’s in NO condition to play third. He can barely play first, which isn’t nearly the strain on his knees.

Gman

August 18th, 2010
1:50 pm

Jeff,

Was watching the BC post-game interview on “Braves Live” last night and BC said something to the effect of, “Hi Jeff glad you made it before the end of the game” to which the barely audible response was, “had to go the Falcons…”

Was that you?

Ghostrider

August 18th, 2010
1:51 pm

Glaus has been up and down all season, but I still like him. He had a huge May and part of June. I just don’t think we should kick him to the curb, it just wouldn’t be right.

peter nincompoop

August 18th, 2010
1:51 pm

Wouldn’t the braves need a valid medical excuse to DL Glaus? I don’t know if bad knees really cuts it .

Traver

August 18th, 2010
1:52 pm

DL Then spot starts at 3rd and/or 1st. Derek Lee is no homerun health wise either. Together Lee and Glaus might give each other the rest they need to be productive.