MORE ON ROLEN, GLAUS
I recently said in the comments section that I thought Rolen for Glaus was a great trade for St. Louis. They rid themselves of a player that did not want to be there anymore. A player that also had trouble staying healthy and hit just 8 homers last year. Who’s to say that Rolen, 33 on April 4, will be the same player he was years ago?
Apparently there is one scribe that thinks this deal is the cat’s meow. Phil Rogers has much love for Rolen.
“Rolen is one of the best ballplayers in the major leagues.” Not anymore.
“Rolen couldn’t have been more engaging when he met with reporters in Toronto after the trade. His acquisition already had been a big hit with the Blue Jays’ players, especially a pitching staff that should allow dozens fewer runs with the seven-time Gold Glove winner at third base.” That’s ridiculous. He first has to get on the field 140+ times. No easy task for a player who has been injured every other year since 2002.
“With Frank Thomas, David Eckstein and Rolen, the Blue Jays have upgraded three of the nine spots in their batting order the last two years. They also made a major statement when they extended the contract of center fielder Vernon Wells.
The improvements may not be enough to put them in a race with the Red Sox or Yankees in September, but it could cost those teams at least a couple victories each, making it less likely the 2008 American League wild-card playoff team will come from the East.”
So they got that going for them…which is nice. Meanwhile, Troy Glaus will head back to the NL and bat behind a guy named Pujols. Think he might have a better year in 2008? While he has had his injury problems too, his numbers have not dropped off like Rolen’s have. My guess is Glaus will pound 35 homers as a Cardinal.