Glaus a Jay after trade with D'backs

December 28, 2005

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded slugger Troy Glaus and top minor league shortstop prospect Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and pitcher Miguel Batista.

The Blue Jays have lacked punch since Carlos Delgado left as a free agent after the 2004 season.

"He's the big bopper we were looking for," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said of Glaus.

Glaus led Arizona in homers (37) and RBIs (97) last season, playing in 149 games in his only season with the Diamondbacks despite occasional flare-ups of a strained knee tendon.

He was the 2002 World Series Most Valuable Player for Anaheim after a season in which he had a career-high 111 RBIs. In 2000, Glaus led the American League with 47 homers.

He waived his no-trade clause to Toronto after seeing the rebuilt Blue Jays and talking to Reed Johnson and Anaheim's Garret Anderson, who have played on the new turf in Toronto.

"Once I looked at the roster, the decision became fairly easy," Glaus said. "This team seems poised to make a run. We're young and very talented."

Batista, 34, had 31 saves last season, his second with the Blue Jays and first as their closer. He went 29-26 in 76 starts and 44 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks from 2001 to 2003.

Hudson, 28, is a career .271 hitter and a standout on defense.

Glaus is due to make $10.5 million next season as part of a four-year, $45 million contract he agreed to last December.

Toronto, expanding its payroll from $45 million to about $75 million, has been one of the most active teams in baseball this offseason.

The Blue Jays added starting pitcher A.J. Burnett and first baseman Lyle Overbay. They also gave Orioles closer B.J. Ryan a five-year, $47 million contract - the most lucrative in history for a reliever.

Reardon -- Former major league reliever Jeff Reardon robbed a mall jewelry store in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with a threatening note Monday, then blamed the incident on anti-depressant medications as he surrendered to a security guard, police said. Reardon, 50, spent a night in jail on a charge of armed robbery before a judge released him on $5,000 bond. He was placed on house arrest and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Mitchell Beers, Reardon's attorney, said the retired four-time All-Star has been on anti-depressants and receiving medical treatment since the death of his 20-year-old son, Shane, who overdosed on drugs in February 2004.

Yankees -- Outfielder Hideki Matsui announced that he will not play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic, saying he felt he owed it to the Yankees after the respect they showed him this offseason by signing him to a four-year, $52 million contract.

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