Sportsbook betting has the Atlanta Braves reaching a tentative agreement with free agent third baseman Troy Glaus.
It is expected that Glaus will move from third base to first base for the Braves next sportsbooks season.
Sportsbook betting still has the Braves as a contender in the National League East although they are not considered as good as the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves are hoping the addition of Glaus helps them close the gap. Glaus is a four-time All-Star and has hit 304 home runs in his career. He is expected to provide some pop in the middle of the Atlanta lineup next sportsbook betting season.
Sportsbook betting had Glaus hitting 27 home runs and driving in 99 runs for St. Louis in 2008. He missed most of last season due to injury as sportsbooks stats showed and he must pass a physical before this deal is finalized. The Braves really targeted Glaus as a player they wanted and manager Bobby Cox really pushed for the team to get Glaus.
Glaus was seen in Los Angeles and given a clean bill of health so all of the teams in the league knew he was healthy. The Braves though as the one team that really wanted him. Atlanta has been busy in the sportsbooks baseball off-season. This week they also traded Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees for Melky Cabrera. They did lose first baseman Adam La Roche to free agency and that is the reason they wanted Glaus. The Braves don’t seem to be willing to give LaRoche the three-year deal he wants.
In another move that could impact odds at sportsbooks, the Los Angeles Angels signed Detroit closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year $11 million dollar deal. Rodney was excellent last season for the Tigers in the closer role and he could easily take over that role next season for Los Angeles even though the Angels have Brian Fuentes. Last sportsbook betting season, Fuentes led the league in saves with 48 but he also blew six saves. He also did not pitch well down the stretch. Rodney had a high ERA as well but in save situations he was excellent. In fact, Rodney led all of baseball in save percentage last sportsbook betting baseball season. He held batters to a .207 batting average and a .366 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position. He also had a great ground ball-to-fly ball ratio as sportsbook betting stats showed.