The winter has been a bit rude to free agent first baseman Troy Glaus.
The 34-year-old drew mild interest from the Rockies in early December, but talks never went anywhere and he wasn’t linked to another club the rest of the way. Now, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, he is considering retirement. Or at least sitting out for the 2011 season.
Glaus posted a decent .240/.344/.400 overall batting line, 17 home runs and 71 RBI across 128 games in 2010, but he had a horrible second half and clubs are probably worried that whatever was plaguing him in August, September and October of last season will carry over into 2011. Plus, his limited range defensively has made him useful at only one position.
Here’s his agent, Mike Nicotera:
“Troy had opportunities to sign with more than one club this offseason and each time he was presented with a particular opportunity, he weighed it against spending more time with his wife and family. After a good deal of thought and discussion in each instance, he decided to pass on playing.”
He could decide to look for offers mid-summer, when teams might be dealing with injuries or simply looking to add depth. Glaus still has some amount of power potential.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.