Monday, June 04, 2007

Blue Jays Resisting Pressure to Trade Troy Glaus

Even with the team's most recent loss -- first baseman Lyle Overbay out six weeks with a hand injury -- the Blue Jays front office remains committed to compete for a playoff spot as long as Toronto remains at or near second place with a legitimate shot at a wild card berth.

Though the Blue Jays are more than 10 games back, look for management to resist mounting pressure to trade slugging third baseman Troy Glaus, at least for now.

With Overbay out and Glaus nursing a hamstring problem, an ideal opportunity for advancement has been provided for 6-foot-five, 240-pound slugging first base prospect Chip Cannon. Unfortunately, Cannon has been mired in Manchester with the Double A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, where he is hitting a mere .217.

Though Cannon has eight homers in 180 at-bats, his average has been held down by his propensity to strike out. Cannon batted seven times in double header on Sunday, and struck out seven times. Though some had seen him as being ready to compete for a big-league slot last year, clearly now he cannot even make the leap to Triple A Syracuse.