Braves may have an opportunity to trade Troy Glaus

It's possible the Braves could actually get something in trade for Troy Glaus.

It's possible the Braves could actually get something in trade for Troy Glaus.

Troy Glaus is tearing up Triple A, which really means only one thing: Troy Glaus can tear up Triple A.

He is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two home runs in seven games for Gwinnett. How would he perform with the Braves back in the majors should he return when rosters expand? Possibly no different than he performed when he was dispatched by the Braves. He hit .237 in June, .182 in July and .208 in August.

Should the Braves trade Troy Glaus?

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But the Braves may have an unexpected opportunity here: They actually may be able to get something for him.

Glaus is a free agent after this season and won’t likely be back with the team next year. But a few American League clubs apparently are interested in bringing him in for the final few weeks of the season, according to Foxsports.com.

From the story:

One major-league source said multiple American League teams have shown interest in Glaus. He could fit with teams who need help at first base and/or a designated hitter. The Red Sox, Rays, Twins, White Sox and Rangers could conceivably upgrade at one or both of those positions.

The Braves would have two reasons to keep Glaus: 1) As a potential bat off the bench down the stretch; 2) As insurance, should first basemen Derrek Lee have injury issues (he has had a bulging disc in his back this season and missed Sunday’s game with a strain in his side).

Eric Hinske, however, is also available to play first base and there’s still Freddie Freeman at Gwinnett. So where Glaus falls in the pecking order, even if they did bring him back, is debatable.

If the Braves could get a prospect for Glaus, isn’t it worth it?

It may sound strange, given Glaus was this team’s top run producer for a stretch earlier this season, but May was a long time ago.

What are your thoughts? I’ve also posted a poll.

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357 comments Add your comment

ATLGamecock

August 30th, 2010
8:37 am

iowabrave

August 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Where’s everybody at? Everyone sleep late in Georgia? I wouldn’t think Wren could get very much for Glaus at this point in the year. I would think he would have more value on the bench. And the guy carried us to 1st place, no way would we be in 1st without his production earlier this year.

Greenville Dawg

August 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Phil Ross

August 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Greenville Dawg

August 30th, 2010
8:39 am

Oh well. Trade him.

GW

August 30th, 2010
8:40 am

We could use the RH pop coming off the bench

Chpatt

August 30th, 2010
8:43 am

No no no and no. Absolutely do not trade Troy Glaus. He deserves to be with this team down the stretch and I believe he will help us out. He is the reason the Braves are where they are now. And he’s looked very good at the plate in AAA. His range is down at third base, but from what I’ve seen and heard he is much more comfortable over there.

Not Don Waddell

August 30th, 2010
8:43 am

We cannot trade him for fear that Lee’s back is not right and because he provides a valuable RH stick off the bench.

You know how Bobby loves vets, and as bad as Glaus has been, Cox will go with the broke-down vet over the unproven rookie every time.

Additionally, even if Freeman makes it up, he is a left handed bat. This team needs RH bats, and if Glaus’s legs are ok, he still provides that.

Art Vandelay

August 30th, 2010
8:43 am

I’d rather have a questionable Glaus available to the Braves this year than a low-to-mid-level prospect who may never contribute.

Atticus

August 30th, 2010
8:44 am

Would he pass waivers?

Meh

August 30th, 2010
8:45 am

Depends on the offer…if it’s for an OF or 3rd base prospect than why not. Otherwise I get the feeling D. Lee is hurt alot more than he is letting on, bulging discs are horrendously painful and once the nerve is pinched say goodbye to hitting and even walking. Given that it is very realistic that Lee is a gimp and of no value to the team than Glaus is without question worth keeping.

jimmymack

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

Naf Sevarb

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

The real question is why do we need a contest to “Sack Schultz”?

Naf Sevarb

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

The real question is why do we need a contest to “Sack Schultz”?

robdawg08

August 30th, 2010
8:47 am

Get a top 3B A prospect for him. Someone to replace Chipper very soon.

Sonny Clusters

August 30th, 2010
8:48 am

We would trade Glaus and let him play somewhere else if he can. Looking for pop in that bat would be like looking for pop from Norton . . . chances for disappointment are high.

Supes

August 30th, 2010
8:49 am

With Prado not being at 100%, and Lee’s injury prone body, no do not trade Glaus. He can be useful down the stretch, we need the depth.

Katherine

August 30th, 2010
8:51 am

They need to keep glaus….Lee has been a total bust, as have most of the new guys. If glaus is healthy he can help the team like he did in may and june.

Sonny Clusters

August 30th, 2010
8:54 am

We can see we are in the minority wanting to let Glaus go play some ball somewhere else. We was just thinking about him not moving real well and striking out and hitting into all those double plays. Of course, he had a month . . .

Tucker T

August 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Deal him. Like you said, the Braves have Lee, Hinske, and Freeman to play first and I never believed that the Braves were going to let him play third. I think the Braves were just humoring him by letting him go down and play at third in the minors.

wxwax

August 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Keep him. The Braves need the depth. Let’s see what he can do at third. But they’ll have to spot him: if he broke down playing first, I can’t imagine that he’d hold up at third every day.

GT Alum

August 30th, 2010
8:57 am

It all depends on what they can get for him. I have a hard time believing that anyone’s going to give up a solid prospect for him at this point in the season. Do we trade someone who could be a RH bat off the bench for a kid who may not even be a coin flip to make the majors, especially given the difficulties this team has had hitting lefties?

Mr Obvious

August 30th, 2010
9:01 am

Send Derek Lee packing. He is just taking up space. Bring back Glaus, at least you know what Glaus brings to the table.

Meh

August 30th, 2010
9:04 am

I doubt a “Clusters” will ever be considered a minority, lol. Once more, we lost 3 prospects of which one was rated pretty high for a useless gimp in D. Lee. IF, and it is a big IF, a team was willing to part with a 3 – 4 tool above avg. rated prospect for Glaus then the long term benefits would outweigh the slight gain Glaus could offer. There is no certainty that this team makes the playoffs, much less will go very far. That is pretty negative thinking but a long term gain at the OF or 3rd base position is stupid to pass up as our organization has ZERO, NADA, ZILCH prospects at these positions.

ViningsTiger

August 30th, 2010
9:04 am

The Braves better keep him. We got a LEMON in Lee. Glaus is rested and getting his stroke back. Trade Lee to an AL team. He has been a bust since the Braves got him.

Idot

August 30th, 2010
9:05 am

If they bring McLouth back, then I say trade Glaus.
That way Shultz and his disciples, will have a whipping boy, to criticize.
Oh yeah, I forgot he’s on Lowe’s back now.
Okay trade him.

Johnny DangerDawg

August 30th, 2010
9:06 am

The Braves decided a while ago that they are BUYERS this season. You don’t trade Glaus for a prospect unless you’re sellers. Glaus is (at least) a pinch-hitter who can try to help the Braves win a playoff game this year; a prospect is a guy who won’t help the team THIS season.

Idot

August 30th, 2010
9:07 am

Meh, yeah that is pretty negative thinking.

BoroBall3

August 30th, 2010
9:08 am

I would suggest that we keep him only b/c he is cheap, b/c its not like we are looking to dumpy 340k in salary… plus if he is healthy, he can help

Sutton's Fro

August 30th, 2010
9:08 am

Keep him. Look at all the 1st-year Braves on this club, and how they’ve struggled in their first months with the team. Gonzalez, Ankiel, Lee…Glaus, Hinske, Cabrera out of Spring Training — they all hard a hard time finding a comfort zone with this team. Now there’s only a month left in the season! Glaus is a veteran right-handed at bat who should perform better at the plate since he won’t be playing in the field every day. Plus, he knows the clubhouse and Bobby’s style. You’re not getting an everyday left fielder who can hit 8-10 home runs down the stretch, and that’s the only thing that would be worth the risk of trading Glaus.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 30th, 2010
9:12 am

NO TRADE, KEEP HIM. He might have a may in october.

Honest and Frank Discussion

August 30th, 2010
9:15 am

This is a dumb suggestion.

We’d be trading him to a contender. Why would we want to potentially help another team get better when there’s a chance we’d play that team in the World Series?

I understand if you are out of contention, trading a star for prospects because moving that star isn’t hurting your current chances.

But the Braves are in contention. We aren’t going to get another bat like Glaus in a trade, or really even that much useful. I’d rather keep him around in hopes he finds his swing again than potentially help a team like the Rangers beat us in the Series.

NCBravesFan

August 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Tough call, but I’d say keep him. If Derrek Lee can’t cut it at 1B down the stretch, Glaus could be valuable. It’s clear the Braves aren’t going to give Freeman extensive playing time down the stretch and into the playoffs (should they make it), so I don’t know how you can justify trading Glaus.

gadawgs

August 30th, 2010
9:18 am

Tremaine

August 30th, 2010
9:19 am

Freeman is also tearing up Triple-A pitching. Trade Glaus if you can get something for him. Get Freeman up here to give Lee a chance to get healthy and that way Freeman will have sometime at the major league level before taking over next year.

Joey

August 30th, 2010
9:19 am

Well, Sonny, Glaus may have just “had a month” (actually about 7 weeks), but he STILL leads the Braves in RBI. I appears that the 5 days he spent off of his knee has helped.

What if he has another “month” in September?

Do we really need a A-Ball prospect? I say play him and see if he’s got his second wind. If not Freeman will be here in a few days with the expanded roster.

Sonny Clusters

August 30th, 2010
9:20 am

Some enchanted evening, we may see a stranger
we may see a stranger across a crowded room,
an’ somehow we know, we know even then,
that somewhere we’ll see Glaus again and again!

Who can explain it, who can tell us why,
fools give us reasons, wise men never try!

native_braves_fan

August 30th, 2010
9:21 am

I agree with NCBravesFan that’s it’s a tough call, but it really depends on what they could get in return.

papadawg

August 30th, 2010
9:25 am

KEEP HIM, we’re going to need all the vets we can find in Sept. cause the Phils aint going away.

Sonny Clusters

August 30th, 2010
9:26 am

We was thinking we was going to Sack Schultz and see what it is like. Being smarter than Jeff is going to be a tough assignment but we hope the AJC has bought plenty of prizes.

hawesg

August 30th, 2010
9:26 am

Depends on what you might be able to get back, but you don’t deal him just to deal him. And with Lee’s back….

Derek Lowe on the other hand…Yeah, you deal him just to get him at the $32M he’s owed off the roster.

marco

August 30th, 2010
9:28 am

There’s something wrong with the poll. It says a total of 224 votes have been cast, split between 120 to get rid and 194 to keep — that adds up to 324 on my calculator…

ShaunC

August 30th, 2010
9:29 am

Id love to see how it translates into playing in Atlanta. If he comes back, maybe he’s tearing up September like he did in May. If not, he may still be tradebait as a DH. Either way, with him being a free agent at the end of the year, how good of a prospect are we going to get?

N

August 30th, 2010
9:31 am

NO WAY. I want his bat available in the postseason and on some days in September. How does he look at 3b? You won’t get any decent prospect for a 1 month rental. Keep him.

TommyJack

August 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Simple. If Braves can get a QUALITY prospect, why not? He won’t be back anyway. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

N

August 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Again — Why does everyone care about a low level prospect over WINNING. Enjoy the run.

Sonny Clusters

August 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Runners first and third, one out. Glaus coming to the plate . . .

Which Glaus will appear?

Braves Fan in Illinois

August 30th, 2010
9:34 am

Incredibly short-sighted to already proclaim the Lee trade a mistake — you have zero idea how any of those prospects will pan out, and you’ve given Lee all of a week to show anything. Most of you Internet GMs seem to be ready and willing to fly off the handle — a sure sign of weak-mindedness.

As far as trading Glaus, my opinion of any deal would depend on what he brings in return. He should certainly not be considered untouchable, no matter how productive he was in May.

BamaAaron

August 30th, 2010
9:35 am

You’re probably not going to get much of a prospect trading him, but frankly it’s probably still worth it to do a deal.

mistermak

August 30th, 2010
9:35 am

Trade him. If you don’t he walks away at the end of the year and we get nothing for him.