Braves plan on adding Glaus to infield
Atlanta reportedly close to signing slugger to play first base
ATLANTA -- The Braves have targeted Troy Glaus to serve as their new first baseman, and within the next week to 10 days, they could officially announce that they have signed him to a one-year contract.
When asked whether Glaus had agreed to the terms of a one-year deal with the Braves, Glaus' agent, Mike Nicotera, declined to go on the record to provide comment.
According to reports, Glaus' deal is believed to be for one year and $2 million.
But it appears Glaus is prepared to come to Atlanta to undergo a physical during or shortly after the holiday season ends. The delay is a product of weather conditions in the northeast and the limited availability of Braves doctors during this time of year.
If Glaus is deemed healthy, it appears that he'll serve as the right-handed power bat the Braves want to place in their cleanup spot between Chipper Jones and Brian McCann.
After undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in January, Glaus battled back soreness and an oblique ailment. These ailments limited him to just 14 games with the Cardinals last season and caused him to enter the free-agent market with the realization that he wouldn't get the kind of money that he envisioned after hitting .270 with 27 homers and an .856 OPS for St. Louis in 2008.
Glaus combined for 118 homers from 2000-02 and then battled a pair of injury-shortened seasons before combining for 75 homers during the 2005 and '06 seasons. The four-time All-Star, who has made just four career starts as a first baseman, has hit at least 30 homers in five of the past six seasons, during which he has played at least 120 games.
If this Glaus deal is completed, the Braves appear to be done with their major offseason projects. On Tuesday, they traded Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan to the Yankees for Melky Cabrera and two highly regarded Minor League pitchers.
While Cabrera will provide assistance as a versatile outfielder, Glaus has the ability to make an immediate impact while sitting behind Jones in the lineup.
With Mark Teixeira sitting behind him in the lineup, Jones enjoyed a 140-game stretch during which he hit .355 with 30 homers and a 1.057 OPS. Without the same kind of power presence behind him this past season, the veteran third baseman hit .264 with 18 homers and an .818 OPS.
Glaus' pending deal provides further indication that the Braves entered this offseason with very limited interest in re-signing Adam LaRoche, who provided solid offensive production at first base after being acquired from the Red Sox on July 31.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.