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Frank Wren stuck gold with Glaus


Sometimes a deal can be so good - the people around you think you're just wasting your time. A couple weeks ago, my Wife and I were slowly driving into town; you see slowly is a key word, because it was trash day and as sad as that sounds - I'm sometimes shocked at what treasures people leave at the ends of their driveways. On this particular day, I noticed what would become the greatest of my "trash treasures", sitting there was a 1989 Macintosh Classic - the inner geek in me couldn't believe my luck.


As my Wife protested - begged more like it - I swung the car to the side of the road and picked up the relic from my childhood, I couldn't believe my luck. You have to understand this is a borderline collectible, but of course there was about a zero-percent chance of this dinosaur that was sitting outside for most of the day actually working - but still I had to try; I got home and plugged it in and wouldn't you know it - the plucky little box started right up!

I guess what I'm saying, is Troy Glaus is that old Macintosh that nobody wanted - nobody except Frank Wren, and at the time he joined the Braves there were many more questions than hope. He would have to learn a new position and the last thing the Atlanta offense needed was another fragile slugger - sorry Chipper. In an off-season that saw Jason Bay sign a $66 million deal, Glaus came to Atlanta for $1.75 million with the hopes that he could be a right-handed power bat in the lineup, and the early returns weren't good.


Fast forward 64 games into the season, the resurgent Troy Glaus has 13 home runs and leads the NL with 49 RBIs, meanwhile Jason Bay has only 4 bombs and a measly 25 RBIs. Who could have seen that coming, well maybe Frank Wren did. Maybe Wren understood that when healthy, Glaus hits homers - it sounds simple, but its something that a bunch of other GM's missed.


The first place Braves, still feels good saying that, have weathered an injury to Jurrjens, the struggles of Chipper and McCann and the feebleness of Nate McLouth; and Glaus has been one of the biggest reasons why. Its safe to say he won't be such a bargain this off-season.

 

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