|Blue Jays, Cardinals getting close to Glaus-for-Rolen trade|
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|Saturday, 12 January 2008 17:27|
The St. Louis Cardinals were close to a trade Saturday night that would send the disgruntled Rolen to the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Glaus in a swap of All-Star third basemen, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
Several media outlets reported earlier in the day that the proposed trade was close to being completed, pending both players passing physicals. The Canadian Press said Rolen and Glaus each agreed to waive their no-trade clauses.
A person close to the negotiations, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized, said the deal was on the verge of being done.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak did not return a telephone message from the AP.
Rolen would become the second St. Louis star to join Toronto in the offseason. The Blue Jays signed former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein, the MVP of the 2006 World Series, to a one-year free agent contract earlier.
The 32-year-old Rolen hit a total of only 35 home runs the last three years while being hindered by a left shoulder injury that has required three operations. He and La Russa have clashed since the 2006 postseason, when the manager benched Rolen.
Rolen requested a trade after last season.
La Russa, who agreed to a two-year contract extension in October, held a hard line on the Rolen situation at the winter meetings last month. La Russa said then that if Rolen plays hard, he'd be in the lineup and if he didn't, he'd be on the bench.
``If he doesn't like it, he can quit,'' La Russa said.
The 31-year-old Glaus was hampered by a bad left foot last season while hitting 20 homers in 115 games. Playing on grass in St. Louis rather than artificial turf in Toronto could be beneficial for Glaus, who totaled 75 homers in 2005-06 and has a pair of 40-homer seasons.
Last year, SI.com reported Glaus received steroids from Signature Pharmacy between September 2003 and May 2004. On Dec. 6, Major League Baseball said it found insufficient evidence to discipline him.
Rolen batted .265 with eight homers and 58 RBIs in 112 games last season before undergoing a season-ending cleanup procedure for his shoulder in September. He has three years and $36 million remaining on his contract.
The Cardinals will give Cesar Izturis, signed to a one-year free agent deal in November, the first chance to replace Eckstein at shortstop.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.