All-Star third baseman Troy Glaus agreed Thursday to a four-year, $45 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who hope the 2002 World Series MVP...
PHOENIX – All-Star third baseman Troy Glaus agreed Thursday to a four-year, $45 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who hope the 2002 World Series MVP will rebound from a season cut short by an injured shoulder.
Glaus, 28, was a three-time All-Star for the Anaheim Angels but hit just .251 with 18 homers and 42 RBIs this year. He had shoulder surgery May 21.
The contract has no protective medical clause, but Glaus underwent a medical exam that, he said, was the most thorough he had experienced.
“It’s healed. It’s fixed,” Glaus said at a news conference in the Diamondbacks clubhouse. “Now it’s just a matter of time in the throwing program and thing’s like that, and I’ll be ready for spring without any doubt.”
Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick called the signing “the first day of the new Diamondbacks” and promised more moves in the future for a team coming off one of the worst seasons in baseball history.
“We have told you over the last couple of months repeatedly that our intent is not to rebuild but to reload,” Kendrick said. “We are reloading. We told you that our intent is to be competitive, and we’re going to be. Troy is going to be a cornerstone player for us.”
Glaus provides the right-handed power-hitter the Diamondbacks need, especially since Richie Sexson almost certainly won’t return. Glaus led the AL with 47 homers in 2000, then hit 41 the following year. He has had three 100-RBI seasons, but shoulder injuries have slowed him the past two seasons.
Glaus will provide some protection in the batting order for left-handed hitter Luis Gonzalez.
“You have to make pitchers worry,” general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said. “We didn’t make pitchers worry a lot last year. We made our pitchers worry.”
Several teams courted Glaus, including Detroit and Seattle. Glaus said he was convinced by Diamondbacks officials that they are serious about an immediate turnaround.
“I didn’t come here to lose,” Glaus said. “I’ve won at every level I’ve played at. We won in the big leagues. I didn’t come here to be in that 95-, 100-loss area. If I believed that was the case, then I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.”
Among the players the Diamondbacks are pursuing is pitcher Russ Ortiz. Still to be determined is the fate of Randy Johnson, who has said he would like to go to a contender for the coming season, and is not convinced the Diamondbacks can be one. The New York Yankees have dropped out of talks for now, saying Arizona’s demands for the Big Unit are too steep.
Arizona went 51-111 last season, just three years after winning the World Series. The Diamondbacks tied for the 10th-most losses in major league history.