When the Atlanta Braves traded Javier Vazquez, they opened up some payroll flexibility. It didn’t take them long to figure out how to use some of that money as the team has signed veteran slugger Troy Glaus.
Glaus, who played the last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, will play first base for the Braves. He could also spend some time at third base when Atlanta rests Chipper Jones.
Last season is a campaign that Glaus would love to forget. He appeared in only 14 games and hit .172 with only two RBIs and two runs. It was the first time since 1998 that he didn’t finish a season with at least 16 homers.
The 33-year-old signed a deal that is packed with incentives. The Braves will gladly pay him if he can produce like the Troy Glaus of old. As recently as 2006, Glaus hit 38 homers with 104 RBIs and 105 runs.