This one is a little bit harder. It's basically trading the same kind of player for each other. A pointless swap if you will.
Cardinals view: I do not like this trade from the Cardinals standpoint as I do with the Blue Jays standpoint. Troy Glaus gets injured a lot, but thats the same for Rolen. Troy Glaus hits home runs, another thing Scott Rolen can do. Troy Glaus hits for about a .250 average, same to Rolen. To things Glaus has also: HGH suppliments and bad fielding. Because of his constint nagging injuries, people don't remember the Rolen of old with the Phillies when he won a gold glove basically ever year. Troy Glaus has almost no defense. Last season, in 114 games, he had a fielding percentage of .967. The whole HGH thing is another story. That is adding power, but increasing the risk of injury ever year. With this trade, the Cards have 2 guys in the same HGH boat(Ankiel).
Blue Jays view: I really like this deal for the Blue Jays. The will recieve a 3B who is completely healthy by season's start, who can hit for .260, get 10-30 home runs when healthy all season and have one of the best fielding percentages in the game. Yes, his injuries have cut back on his ability to make amazing plays, but he reminds me a lot like Oriole great Brooks Robinson. Sure, Rolen will never be him in any statistic that involves fielding, but he tries to make plays when the ball is near him. The only problem I see with this trade is the fact that Rolen didn't like Bowa, and he didn't like La Russa, he will definitley not like John Gibbons. When you get in fights with your players, you not a good manager or coach. Ted Lilly is no Scott Rolen.
Pre-season winner: Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Rolen's 2008 prediction: 112 G, 14 HR, 52 RBI's, .279 BA
Troy Glaus's 2008 prediction: 58 G, 10 HR, 23 RBI's, .262 BA