One of J.P. Ricciardi's highly-touted success stories of the early 2008 season was the aquisition of Scott Rolen from the St. Louis Cardinals for Troy Glaus. For both teams, it initially seemed like a win-win situation; Scott Rolen was getting away with a rocky relationship with Tony Larussa, and Troy Glaus was gettting off the artificial turf that was plauging his foot. But as we approach the 3/4 mark of the 2008 season, who was the real winner in the trade?
If we break it down purely statistically, St. Louis wins this trade by a landslide. Here is a comparison of Glaus and Rolen to date in the major categories:
Glaus: .269 AVG, .368 OBP, 21 HR, 79 RBI
Rolen: .252 AVG, .349 OBP, 7 HR, 38 RBI
Let's keep in mind though, that Scott Rolen was out the first month of the season. But still, that's a big discrepancy. After starting with a hot bat late in April, Rolen has dropped off the radar. In his defence, has has been plagued by a sore shoulder lately. But when J.P. Ricciardi made that trade, he knew he was taking a risk by signing the injury-proned Rolen.
The most shocking part of all about this trade, is that Troy Glaus has flourished in St. Louis. He may not be in his All-Star form of 2006, but Glaus is still having a very respectable season. Far more respectable than any of the Blue Jays hitters - Glaus has more homeruns and RBI's than any of the Jays.
When the Jays added Rolen, they definitely added a better defensive third basemen. But at that cost, they may have sacrificed offence to get a Gold Glove infielder. In any instance though, I'd rather have a player who can produce runs rather than prevent them.
All in all, I don't blame J.P. Ricciardi for making the Glaus/Rolen trade. He was pretty much under the gun to make the move, and so was St. Louis Cardinals management. If Glaus was still with Toronto, he may not have necessarily had the same season - but it just fucking sucks seeing him do so great on another team.
It's kind of life seeing your ex-girlfriend another guy who has a better job, makes more money, drives a better car, and has a bigger trouser snake than you. Ouch.