Troy Glaus isn't ready to say he's retiring, but will not be playing at the start of the season, his agent told FOXSports.com. Mike Nicotera said Glaus, 34, has decided to spend time with his family.
“Troy had opportunities to sign with more than one club this offseason and each time he was presented with a particular opportunity, he weighed it against spending more time with his wife and family,” Nicotera said. “After a good deal of thought and discussion in each instance, he decided to pass on playing.
“At this point, Troy is just looking forward to becoming a dad for the first time [his wife is due at the end of February] and to being able to spend a spring at home for the first time in many years. As for his future in terms of baseball, he hasn’t closed any doors permanently.”
Glaus spent last season with the Braves, starting out strong before falling off badly and finishing with a line of .240/.344/.400. A third baseman for most of his career, he appeared at the position just once, his mobility limiting him mostly to first base. While Glaus might have more baseball in him, it's a tough winter to be a free-agent first base/DH type, with more players than jobs.
Glaus, a four-time All-Star, has 320 homers and a .254 career average. According to baseball-reference.com he has made nearly $80 million in 13 seasons.
-- David Andriesen