The Arizona Diamondbacks dealt the power-hitting Glaus and top
minor-league shortstop prospect Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays on
Tuesday for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and pitcher
"With the moves that they made, and things that they've been
able to do, this team seems poised to make a run. We're young and
very, very talented," said Glaus, who had a limited no-trade
clause that included the Blue Jays.
Toronto, expanding its payroll from $45 million to about $75
million, has been one of the most active teams this offseason.
"Once I got that alleviated in my mind and I looked at the
roster, the decision became fairly easy," Glaus said.
The Blue Jays, lacking punch since Carlos Delgado left as a free
agent after the 2004 season, were thrilled to get him.
"He's the big bopper we were looking for," Toronto general
manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "We never in our wildest dreams
thought we'd get two bats and two pitchers."
Glaus led Arizona in homers (37) and RBI (97), playing in 149
games in his only season with the Diamondbacks despite occasional
flare-ups of a strained tendon in the back of his left knee.
He was the 2002 World Series MVP for Anaheim, following a season
in which he had a career-high 111 RBI. In 2000, Glaus led the AL
with 47 homers.
Toronto is expected to make more trades because adding Glaus
creates a glut at the corner infield positions. Glaus prefers
playing third base, but the Blue Jays already have Corey Koskie, a
Canadian. Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske are also on the team.
Ricciardi said Glaus will play third and Overbay will man first.
Ricciardi mentioned Hillenbrand in his plans, but didn't say
anything about Hinske, whose production has declined.
He hadn't spoken to Koskie.
"When Corey came here, Hinske moved over. We have all the
respect in the world for Corey but Troy gets the nod," Ricciardi
Batista, 34, had 31 saves last season, his second with the Blue
Jays and first as their closer. He went 29-26 in 76 starts and 44
relief appearances with the Diamondbacks from 2001-03.
Hudson, 28, is a career .271 hitter and a spectacular defensive
Glaus is due to make $10.5 million next season as part of a $45
million, four-year contract he agreed to last December.
Batista will move into Arizona's starting rotation, general
manager Josh Byrnes said.
"He pitched well [as a starter] in Arizona and his first year
in Toronto," Byrnes said. "He did well, and that at this point is
a greater area of need for our club."
Batista was 29-26 and made 76 starts for the Diamondbacks from
2001-03. He was 11-8 with a 4.58 ERA as part of the rotation for
Arizona's World Series championship team in 2001. Batista didn't
allow a run in eight innings in the seven-game World Series triumph
over the New York Yankees. He signed with the Blue Jays as a free
agent in 2004 and was converted to a closer last season.
The trade clears the way for Chad Tracy to return to third base
for Arizona, the position he played as a rookie in 2004. When Glaus
was signed, Tracy moved to first base and played some in the
outfield last season. Tracy led the Diamondbacks with a .308
average last season.
The acquisition of Hudson means Craig Counsell will shift to
shortstop. Hudson hit .270 in four seasons with Toronto. This year,
he batted .271 with 63 RBI and 10 home runs.
The Diamondbacks were willing to part with Santos, who hit .239
with 68 RBI and 12 home runs for Triple-A Tucson last season,
because of the rise of Stephen Drew through the minor-league
Drew hit .389 for Class A Lancaster last season, and spent the
final few weeks with Double-A Tennessee, where he batted .218 with
four home runs and 13 RBI in 27 games. Byrnes said Drew probably
needs another season in the minors before he is ready for the