A mini-symposium on the pending Troy Glaus-for-Scott Rolen trade:
Beyond The Box Score: On paper the deal is pretty equal based on both players having issues, injuries, and past success with a chance to rebound in 2008, but the Cardinals seem to have gotten the slight edge based purely on age and clubhouse tension.
Halos Heaven: This seems, at least offensively, to be a steal for the Cards. Rolen at his offensive peak of the last 3 years was Glaus' average over the last 3 years. Defense, on the other hand, is a different story...
I'm Writing Sports: Wow, way to get younger… by one year. What was the purpose of this trade? (Glaus) is already a watered down version of Rolen, and he's coming off nerve surgery in his foot. Rolen has also been suffering from injuries over the last few seasons, and his relationship with (Cardinals manager Tony) La Russa has been strained, but a pissed off Rolen is better than a happy Glaus any day of the week.
Drunk Jays Fans: This move would also seem to fall in line with the (David) Eckstein addition, in that Rolen is a gritty player. He's more in the line of guys that get dirty and play hard visibly. I asked this question after the Jays new shortstop is signed and I'll ask it again. Is J.P. (Ricciardi) actually listening to those guys who phone into (Mike) Wilner's radio show saying that the Jays need more heart?
Paraphrasing from a favourite Pinky and The Brain episode (the one where The Brain becomes a country singer — "Bubba Bo Bob Brain" — who plants subliminal messages in his songs), it's not half-bad; it's not half-good, either. It's just different.
Let's stress the deal is pending physicals for both players... it could take a week just to examine the knees of both players.