Last week general manager John Mozeliak assessed Troy Glaus’ chances of playing this season
at “probably less than 50-50,” leading to speculation that the
Cardinals could be in the market for a veteran replacement at third
However, yesterday Mozeliak called the latest news
on Glaus’ recovery from offseason shoulder surgery “encouraging.” Glaus
has been cleared to begin throwing and swinging a bat next week,
although Mozeliak noted that “the timetable is still quite unknown” and
“it’s probably going to be somewhere between the All-Star game and
August 1 if he were to return.”
Mozeliak made it clear that the Cardinals are still in the market for a fill-in third baseman and the name being tossed around most often is Mark DeRosa of the Indians.
He’d be an upgrade over the Joe Thurston-Brian Barden combo that’s
hit just .247/.332/.376, plus he’s an impending free agent who’d likely
be relatively inexpensive to acquire and has enough defensive
versatility to fall back into a utility role should Glaus return.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.