This is not a shock — he didn’t play last year and was creaky when he played in 2010 — but Buster Olney reported this morning that Troy Glaus considers himself retired.
Glaus had a .254/.358/.489 batting line and 320 homers over 13 seasons. He could probably still help someone as a bench bat/DH/backup first baseman in the Jason Giambi mode, but you have to figure that once you take a year off to hang with your family like Glaus did, the competitive fires aren’t really burning anymore.
Nice career, Troy. Enjoy your retirement.
Troy Glaus finished the season in a horrible slump, going from the Braves’ starting first baseman to completely out of the team’s plans, so predictably there’s been little reported interest in him as a free agent.
However, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies may have some interest in Glaus as “a right-handed version of Jason Giambi” who would “play a little first base and pinch-hit.”
Giambi filled that role for the Rockies this season, but wasn’t an ideal fit to back up Todd Helton because they’re both left-handed hitters. Glaus would offer a right-handed bat to back up Helton and his ability to at least serve as an emergency option at third base would also give the Rockies some added flexibility over Giambi.
Whether or not Glaus can still make a positive impact in even a part-time role is another question. He signed a one-year contract with the Braves after sitting out nearly all of 2009 due to a shoulder injury and got off to a strong start, hitting .280 with an .874 OPS and 14 homers through his first 70 games.
Glaus then went 39 consecutive games without homering and batted .183 with a .557 OPS overall in 58 games after June 20, finishing the season with a .240 batting average, .340 on-base percentage, and .400 slugging percentage in 483 plate appearances. Even that modest season line would make him somewhat useful as a backup to Helton who could be spotted primarily against left-handed pitching and the Rockies seem like a good fit considering how little interest there figures to be elsewhere.