Cards, Jays Swap Hot Corners

After rumors flew all afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals have indeed traded All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen to the Toronto Blue Jays for their All-Star third baseman, Troy Glaus.

The 31-year-old Glaus, who was not disciplined by MLB after SI.com reported last September that he received steroids from Signature Pharmacy in 2003-04, was bothered by a sore left foot last season, but hit .262 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 115 games.

Rolen, who requested a trade after last season, hit .265 with 8 longballs and 58 RBIs in 2007 before undergoing surgery to clean up his left shoulder. He accounted for only 35 homers over the last three years due to that injury, which has required three different operations.

At this year's winter meetings, La Russa took a tough-as-nails approach to dealing with Rolen, saying that if he plays hard, he'd be in the lineup, and if not, he'd be riding the bench. And if he didn't like those two options, he could quit. So much for that, eh?

Rolen joins shortstop David Eckstein, who was signed by Toronto to a one-year free agent contract earlier this offseason.

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Megs said...

Looks like a perfectly fair trade to me -- they both suck ass.