Aaron told us earlier this week that Troy Glaus was surprisingly seeing some action at third base while rehabbing a knee injury with Triple-A Gwinnett. His transition back to the hot corner hasn’t gone perfectly.
Glaus committed two errors during Tuesday’s game and was nearly charged with another on Wednesday. Still, he told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is quickly getting comfortable with the position where he spent the first 12 years of his career.
“The more reps you get, the quicker your reactions are going to get,”
Glaus said. “I feel good over there…Hopefully I’ll get a lot of action
and show everybody I can still play over there.”
The 34-year-old Glaus was batting just .174 with two home runs and 15 RBI over his last 46 games before being placed on the disabled list last week, but the good news is that he has feasted on International League pitching thus far, going 5-for-10 with two homers, seven RBI and four runs scored over his first three games with the club.
Even Glaus will acknowledge that he can’t move around like he used to, so it’s not like he’s coming back to the majors to take Martin Prado’s job or anything, but proving his flexibility would give him a strong argument to be included on the postseason roster as a right-handed bat off the bench.
Update (7:01 PM EDT): David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the deal has been completed.
ESPN’s Keith Law reported on Saturday evening that a bad contract swap involving the Braves’ Hector Olivera and the Padres’ Matt Kemp was “getting close.” Olivera has been pulled off the field, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that only a last-second medical would kill the deal at this point, and that the Padres will be sending money to the Braves.
Kemp, 31, will have $64.5 million remaining on his contract through 2019 after this season, but the Dodgers will pay $3.5 million annually over those remaining three years, so the $64.5 million is really $54 million. The veteran has compiled a .262/.285/.489 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 69 RBI in 431 plate appearances for the Padres this season.
Olivera, 31, will have $28.5 million remaining on his contract through 2020 after this season. The outfielder was handed an 82-game suspension, beginning on May 26, for his involvement in a domestic dispute on April 13. The suspension is up on August 2. He has a .501 OPS in 21 major league at-bats this season and a .278 OPS in 37 PA at Triple-A.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will consider designating Olivera for assignment. The trade is all about the salary dump for the Padres, as they’d rather give outfield playing time to prospects Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot.
The Athletics and Royals swapped outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent Billy Burns to Kansas City and the Royals sent Brett Eibner to Oakland.
Burns, 26, doesn’t provide much in the way of offense, but he runs the bases well and plays solid defense. He was hitting .234/.270/.303 with 11 doubles, four triples, and 14 stolen bases in 274 plate appearances.
Eibner, 27, was batting .231/.286/.423 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 85 plate appearances. He has spent most of the season with Triple-A Omaha, where he’s put up a .902 OPS in 219 PA. Eibner played the outfield corners in the majors, but racked up a ton of time playing center in the minors, so his versatility will be valuable to the A’s.
Burns will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2017 season while Eibner has hardly accrued any service time, which might explain part of the motivation behind the trade for the small-market Athletics.