What to Do About Troy Glaus?

In May, the Braves surged into first place. Troy Glaus was a huge part of that. In April, the team had scored just 85 runs on the way to a 9-14 record, a major disappointment given preseason expectations. Glaus, a gamble signing, looked cooked, hitting just .194 and producing a .282 wOBA. But in May he found his groove, producing a .408 wOBA that helped the Braves score 163 runs. The gamble looked like a clear win. A .375 wOBA in June helped reinforce that notion.

Towards the end of June, Glaus started to slump a bit, going 4 for his last 38 in the month, including 0 for his final 12. The stumble has turned into a prolonged slump. Since June 18, he’s hitting just .175/.301/.279 in 183 PA. He has battled through a few nagging injuries during that time, including his left knee and left wrist. Manager Bobby Cox gave him a break in early August, but if that has helped the results haven’t shown it yet. Since his return to the lineup on August 6, he’s just 8-for-35 with one walk and three extra base hits.

What can the Braves do to keep Glaus healthy and productive? The most obvious answer would be to play him less often, something that Peter Hjort of Capitol Avenue Club advocates:

The organization has to do something about Troy Glaus, he’s not fit to play at the moment.  Disable him if you think he has something left this season, release him if not.  Call up Freddie Freeman if you want, or call up Barbaro Canizares and platoon him with Eric Hinske (the option I prefer).  Either way, you’re going to be getting a lot more from 1B than you would by continuing to play Glaus.

Freeman, the team’s No. 2 prospect before the season, is hitting .311/.371/.516 in the International League as a 20-year-old. He hits left-handed, so the Braves could set up a platoon with him and Glaus. The same can be done with Hinske, though his numbers against righties have dropped a bit since his early season success. Both platoons sound like a better situation than bringing up 30-year-old Canizares, though he his hitting quite well during his third full season in AAA, a .885 overall OPS and a .963 OPS against left-handed pitching. They might catch lightning in a bottle with him, but a Glaus platoon with either Hinske or Freeman sounds like a better bet.

The Braves could also scour the waiver wire for a first baseman. According to MLBTR’s players who cleared waivers list, Lyle Overbay is the only attractive fit. His season line of .249/.330/.420 doesn’t look too pretty, but he’s hitting .251/.344/.431 against righties and .280/.363/.517 since July 4. He does have a no trade clause, but the desire to play for a contender for the first time in his career could become motivation to waive it.

It has become clear that the Braves need to shore up their weakness at first base. With Chipper Jones done for the season the Braves need all the offensive reinforcements they can get. Indications point to Glaus wearing down, so a platoon situation could benefit him. Whether that’s with a rookie like Freeman or an import like Overbay remains a decision in the hands of the Braves front office. But they have to do something. To leave the problem alone would be to neglect a vulnerability at the worst possible time. The Braves have had a division lead since May, but it’s just two games now. The Phillies are getting healthier. The Braves have to act.

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Beer me!
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Beer me!

As a Braves fan, it’s hard to believe this is really the position of the team. A black hole at 1B and another in CF, and Chipper done for the year, all while 2 games up on the Phillies with 45 games to go. Lyle Overbay isn’t going to help anyone win anything any time soon.

If the injury to Jones had occurred prior to the trade deadline, I think an acquisition like Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, or Chone Figgins probably would have happened. As it is, I suppose it’s the old familiar refrain that unites baseball fans everywhere: There’s always next year!

Anon21
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I’m not ready to write this year off. Our rotation may still be strong enough to keep us in this thing.

joser
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They could probably still get Chone Figgins. I suspect he’d pass through waivers without difficulty, and he may be available.

Beer me!
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Beer me!

Figgins would be a helluva nice pickup. Could replace a good amount (or maybe even all) of the WAR lost when Chipper went down. Fingers crossed!!!

Nevin
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Nevin

Figgins would be a terrible idea.

Sophist
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Sophist

first 22 games: 3.7 R/G (8-14)
next 48 games: 5.5 R/G (34-14)
last 47 games: 4.1 R/G (26-21)

Crazy since the personnel hasn’t been much different throughout that period, esp. since Prado was ably replaced with Infante and Chipper didn’t go down until recently. Seems like this coincides with Glaus and Heyward showing their ages. Wonder if you had anymore incite as a Braves fan.

If they average 4/G for the remainder, how many games will they win of their remaining 45? And before people note their easy schedule (it is easy), the Braves are 14-15 against the Mets-Marlins-Nats this year.

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Nevin, why would Figgins be a terrible idea?

SHE
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SHE

As a fan?? U don’t sound like a fan at all…..we might have a few positions that could be better but to say ur ready to give up on this year is ridiculous….we still have a killer rotation, solid fielding, and momentum that keeps us going into the 9th inning where we obviously know how to come back if we need to…if u don’t want to support the Braves till next year thats on you, i’m going to sit back, cheer, and watch a great season end in a great way!!! LETS GO BRAVES!!! WS HERE WE COME!!!