Troy Glaus to the Braves? To play 1B? Whatever, dude

OK, there’s the second move. And it’s Troy Glaus. Excited now?

Me, neither.

Signing a guy to play first base who has barely played first base and who’s coming off shoulder surgery merely underscores the prevailing thought from yesterday: That the Braves can’t operate at a high-dollar level. They have to find guys on the cheap — post-operative guys — and shuffle them around.

Troy Glaus is a big bopper only if we’re in a time warp. He last topped 40 home runs in 2001. He has had one 100-RBI season since 2002. (Though he did drive in 99 in 2008.) Maybe he’s the bridge to Freddie Freeman in 2011, but he’s not much more. He’s a career .255 hitter who gets hurt a lot, and this will be his fifth different team in seven seasons. And he’ll be playing a new position.

Give Frank Wren credit for being creative. He found a bat that none of us had really considered. But it’s possible that none of us had considered Troy Glaus as a first-base fit because he isn’t. When you introduce Glaus as your Big Bat, it tells us you never had a prayer of landing Jason Bay or Matt Holliday.

Tell me the truth: If the $9 million saved in the Vazquez-Cabrera trade allowed the Braves to sign Glaus, was that money well saved? To lose your best pitcher from 2009 and to land a guy who might be a platoon outfielder and a third baseman coming off surgery (plus a couple of young pitchers) … are the Braves better off now than they were two days ago?

I say no. I say the rotation has been weakened. (I also wonder what happens if a starting pitcher develops a bum shoulder.) I say the lineup hasn’t been strengthened in a way that will yield a major upgrade. I also think the Braves would have been better off with Adam LaRoche.

I know, I know. LaRoche is hunting more money and a longer contract. That’s what established players want. That’s why the Braves acquire so few of them.

745 comments Add your comment

Sonny Clusters

December 23rd, 2009
12:11 pm

James

December 23rd, 2009
12:12 pm

Merry Christmas. That’s the best I can say.

brave1

December 23rd, 2009
12:12 pm

Jackets2009

December 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

The last piece of the Atlanta Dinosaurs (new suggested team name) is complete.
Or am I forgeting a 40 year old we’ll add tomorrow?

brave1

December 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

fourth, i mean

Rather have LaRoche

December 23rd, 2009
12:14 pm

If we are saving so much money dumping our star pitcher… why didn’t we resign LaRoche? The kid practically hit .400 last year with us and the whole town loves him. Am I first?

Jackets2009

December 23rd, 2009
12:14 pm

Maybe Frank can get Hank Aaron to make a comeback.

brave1

December 23rd, 2009
12:14 pm

Sonny Clusters

December 23rd, 2009
12:14 pm

Glaus to 3B. Chipper to 1B then the D.L. then Prado to 1B and Infante to 2B or something like that. This is all very confusing. And does Glaus becom Glausy?

Hey Frank

December 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

Your village called. Their idiot is missing.

Steve

December 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

Well we have Medlen as a backup in case a starter goes down for any length of time. I hope we didn’t waiste all 9 million on Glaus.

Sonny Clusters

December 23rd, 2009
12:17 pm

Clusters has been first several times lately and that is because of some inside information. We cannot disclose who, how, why . . . but Clusters have some influence at the AJC. Not Best of Cox influence, but influence just the same.

Farve Dollar Footlong

December 23rd, 2009
12:17 pm

I mean, seriously? What happened to fielding a winner for Bobby’s last season? Some felt Sherholtz(sp?) didn’t pull the trigger enough, but that’s better than Wren pulling it often and stupidly. I vote TED TURNER purchase the Braves again, he’s not afraid to buy a winning team!!

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2009
12:18 pm

How many times has Sonny been first? Five? Ten?

He’s a machine, I tell you.

Baba O'Riley

December 23rd, 2009
12:18 pm

All that’s missing is a clubhouse cancer. Lastings Milledge anyone?

BehindEnemyLines

December 23rd, 2009
12:18 pm

Frank Wren is so far in over his head he can’t even see up. He shouldn’t be making personnel decisions in a non-competitive Saturday morning YMCA T-Ball league, much less the majors.

Fish Bisch

December 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

tm

December 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

Frank Wren what have you done? I thought we were supposed to be getting better not worse. It’s a slap in Bobby Cox face for what you’ve done.
Frank Wren you Suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fish Bisch

December 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

First page that is.

Baba O'Riley

December 23rd, 2009
12:19 pm

Shannon Stewart was good in 2001. Let’s sihn him for LF

Luv 2 Hate Me

December 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

Once again like the day before yesterday (Referring to the Vazquez-Cabrera trade). It’s a yet another sad day for Braves baseball. To give me some hope please sign Dye.

Sonny Clusters

December 23rd, 2009
12:22 pm

Troy Glaus is coming off surgery and so are most of the new acquisitions. We was thinking this was risky then we realized that sometimes surgery works so well that the player can be used like Bobby used Moylan last year. His arm did just fine but we was reading it may snap like a rubber band at anytime. Bobby has cut some pitching careers short with his managing.

Brian

December 23rd, 2009
12:22 pm

Troy Glaus? WTF???? Why not sign Adam Laroche for 2-3 years? Listen people, there is no proof that freeman will exceed at the big league level. Bring him along slowly( remember jordan shaffer anybody)? I just don’t get it. I hate melkey cabrera also. He’s a younger version of garret anderson. We should have fired Terry Pendleton and hired somebody who could have worked with Jeff F. Very dissappointed.

Jackets2009

December 23rd, 2009
12:22 pm

Oldsters, Dinosaurs. any better names to replace Braves?

riggo

December 23rd, 2009
12:23 pm

they keep going backwards

NCBravesFAN

December 23rd, 2009
12:23 pm

Mark you are everything that is wrong with Atlanta sports fans. Please just shut up and got piss off some UGA fans

Jonasty

December 23rd, 2009
12:23 pm

“I know, I know. LaRoche is hunting more money and a longer contract. That’s what established players want. That’s why the Braves acquire so few of them”. And why do they acquire so few of them? Because they don’t have the money to keep them. What are we talking about here? Under the circumstances….if the payroll is worse then we thought, (I am quoting you Mr. Bradley) then Frank Wren might be doing all he can with what he has. I don’t necessarily like the moves either, but I don’t believe they would be trading Vasquez or signing Glaus just to annoy you. There has to be a reason for it, and like most everything in sports it is sure to revolve around money!

Baba O'Riley

December 23rd, 2009
12:24 pm

Again, my buddy in the Cardinals Media Relations office is laughing his a$$ off over this one.

Michael

December 23rd, 2009
12:24 pm

tm,
You mean besides trading Renteria for JJ (this deal is so undervalued it’s amazing). Besides trading a prospect (blocked catcher) for Vazquez? That’s two great deals in 3 years. Yes, there have been a few mistakes (could have gotten more for Vazquez), but no clunkers. Derek Lowe will likely rebound, you have great starting pitching and a good bullpen. All this for a stopgap year.

John Tucker

December 23rd, 2009
12:24 pm

Bradley, as surprised as iam to eb agreeing with you, I think you’re right.

No, the Braves are worse today than they were 2 days ago before the Vasquez trade.

If salary dump is the issue, we would have been beter off trading Lowe for Gary matthews, Jr. straifght up and playing him at 1B.

We got precipus little for Vasquez in a weak free agent pitching market, which makes me wonder about Wrten;s negotiating skills.

I’m looking at becoming a NATS fan and ordering the NATS TV package on Direct TV. that way I can also avoid hearing the inanities and inaccuracies of Chip Caray, living proof that your genes can only take you so far. you have to work at it, too..

Sonny Clusters

December 23rd, 2009
12:24 pm

Coach called us a hitting machine. We was always playing ball when we was in school.

Braves73

December 23rd, 2009
12:25 pm

Mark, I have been one to defend Frank Wren but I am finding it hard to explain these moves. It certainly reeks of “cheap moves” and I am pretty discouraged by this latest regression. I was of the belief that the Braves would be able to REALLY fill the void by signing a “top tier” bat to strengthen the lineup, and we get, Troy Glaus….WOW!!!!!

It sends a very discouraging message that the Braves ownership is not going to allow any improvement to field a playoff/championship caliber team. Oh well, at least we have the Falcons & Hawks.

NCBravesFAN

December 23rd, 2009
12:25 pm

Mark Bradley aka Debbie Downer aka Mr. Grinch aka “CHOKE” aka Negative Nancy…this list could go on and on but he will delete my post so I wont even waste my time!

Jackets2009

December 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

If the best team in MLB adds our best pitcher and gives up little they can’t easily replace, doesn’t that mean repeat WS Champions?
Unless of course the Red Sox can work similar in their favor deals with Frank.
You know, to make things fair in the AL.
I’m surprised RedSox fans aren’t weighing in on this with grief.

NCBravesFAN

December 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

I wish we could trade Mark Bradley to TMZ. That is where he belongs!

Baba O'Riley

December 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm

Frank Wren’s next signing…khalil Greene

Warner Robins

December 23rd, 2009
12:27 pm

Mr. Bradley is trying his best Ebenezer Scrooge impersonation.

Baba O'Riley

December 23rd, 2009
12:27 pm

NCBravesFan- These moves SUCK. It’s not just MB scratching his head.

Trey

December 23rd, 2009
12:28 pm

Sonny, do you think we should take Glaus to Dairy Queen and celebrate?

John OTC

December 23rd, 2009
12:29 pm

I think the Braves should go back to using the slogan “The Team of the 90’s”
It also works to describe their age, projected RBIs in 2010 and batting average with runners in scoring position!!!

mikie g.

December 23rd, 2009
12:29 pm

with so many people out of work the braves officials get paid one hell of a lot of money to make such STUPID decisions.

Wait and See

December 23rd, 2009
12:29 pm

Maybe we should see how this all plays out. If Melky Cabrera was the Yankee’s 8th or 9th best hitter, then he’ll be our 4th or 5th best, plus American league hitters seem to do better moving into the national league. And Troy Glaus’ numbers only went down when he was hurt, if he can stay healthy it was a good move. The Braves have always gone out and gotten guys that everyone else gives up on, and rejuvinate them and they move on. I know its a gamble, but its one that has worked in the past. And Wren did learn from Shuerholz. I’m not overly excited about these moves either, but I will wait and see before I start judging. And I will still go out to Turner Field and cheer them on for Bobby’s last year.

Paul

December 23rd, 2009
12:30 pm

Glaus had 104 RBIs in 2006. They seriously pay you to write sports columns?

Plate Appearance

December 23rd, 2009
12:30 pm

A COMMODITIES BROKER

That’s really all Frank is: A commodities broker.

Why do I say this? Because that’s Frank’s mindset. And that’s how he sees players — as commodities to be moved around — irrespective of what’s really best for the team, its players, and its fans.

Why? Because FRANK HAS TO MAKE HIS MOVES. He has to. Something within drives him to do so.

I’m convinced Frank thinks he has to be DOING SOMETHING to somehow prove his worth as a GM or to get his own ego needs satisfied.

It’s somehow not enough for FRANK’S EGO NEEDS to bring back the same players.

Soriano could have and should have been brought back.

Gonzalez could have and should have been brought back.

LaRoche wanted to come back, and the players wanted him back — even lobbying to that end. But he wasn’t even contacted. And he wasn’t even given the chance to turn down a one year deal.

Vasquez said he wanted to stay a Brave and sign a long term contract.

Ah, but Frank HAS TO move his pieces around.

He HAS TO BE SEEN doing something, anything — even if what he’s doing doesn’t help but even hurts the team — as is the case with the moves he’s made this off season.*

*(I’m in full agreement with Mark’s apt comments on this point!)

Frank HAS to broker his commodities.

Sad. Very sad!

NCBravesFAN

December 23rd, 2009
12:30 pm

Well then Baba…since your such a great couch GM offer me some suggestions that wont break the budget. You do realize that we have a budget right?? Wren doesnt have access to Steinbrenners checkbook

Sonny Clusters

December 23rd, 2009
12:30 pm

We was thinking that adding some players from the world champions and then some 4-time All-Stars may be what this team needs instead of old Pittsburgh Pirates. Let’s say some winners come in here and this team stops being a bunch of Buck Commanders and golfers and they start playing some ball . . .

Let’s say they go to spring training and Melky shows everybody how to hit the cut-off man and to run hard to first base – and Glaus shows everybody how to take a pitch now and then and to hit behind the runner . . .

Maybe they is some good in all this.

Buzzfan®

December 23rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Wren might not be done, yet. I think I just saw Orlando Cepeda at the Varsity.

I Run This State

December 23rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Who goes on the DL first?

Chipper or Glaus?

Baba O'Riley

December 23rd, 2009
12:32 pm

Paul, you need to re-read before critcizing. He said he has had one 100RBI season since 2002

Keith

December 23rd, 2009
12:32 pm

Vazquez for Glaus. Stupid. If we had signed Bay or Holliday, we may have had a chance vs. the Phils. Now, no way. Glaus may hit 25/90 but he is not an upgrade and will not put us over the Phils.