Cardinals GM 'comfortable' Glaus is not using steroids
New Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday he was "comfortable" with baseball's investigation into the matter.
"We did our due diligence on that," Mozeliak said at a news conference to discuss the trade. "We spoke with Major League Baseball. Obviously, it was a concern to us moving forward.
"Our understanding and how it was explained to us is they did a thorough investigation. He cooperated fully. At the end of the day, they felt there was not enough to warrant any disciplinary action. With that said, it made us very comfortable with the direction we were going."
SI.com reported in September that the former World Series MVP received steroids from Signature Pharmacy between September 2003 and May 2004. On Dec. 6, Major League Baseball said it found insufficient evidence to discipline him.
St. Louis obtained Glaus on Monday for Scott Rolen in a swap of former All-Stars.
"I cooperated fully with MLB and their investigation," Glaus said. "They came to their conclusion. There was no discipline necessary, and really that's all I'm going to say about that."
On the same day baseball decided there was insufficient evidence to discipline Glaus, it also found insufficient evidence to punish Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel. The New York Daily News reported Ankiel received eight shipments of prescription human growth hormone in 2004.
Mozeliak thinks he eliminated a potentially disruptive clubhouse rift and filled one of the team's biggest needs with the acquisition of Glaus.
Rolen, 32, approached Mozeliak about a trade soon after Tony La Russa agreed to a two-year contract extension. The third baseman and manager have been at odds dating to the 2006 postseason when La Russa benched Rolen, who at the time was struggling and had a shoulder injury.
"When you think about what he did as a player and what we were able to see, it wasn't the easiest decision to make," Mozeliak said. "When we really narrowed everything down, we realized it was in the best interest of Scott and the St. Louis Cardinals to go our separate ways."
Rolen hit only 35 homers combined over the past three seasons. Glaus combined for 75 homers in 2005 and 2006, but was limited to 20 in just 115 games last season due to an injured left foot.
"We really feel like we addressed one of the needs we had this offseason, and that was trying to find a right-handed power bat," Mozeliak said.
St. Louis hopes Glaus, 31, can protect Albert Pujols. Glaus recalled that, as a 6-year-old growing up in California, he told his mother he would one day play third base for the Cardinals. He's not even sure why he said it.
"Funny thing is here it is 25 years later and I get a chance to do that," he said.
Glaus said he looks forward to playing for La Russa, promising to play hard and play to win.
"If that's what Tony wants out of a player we're going to be all right," he said.
Glaus had surgery in September for a ruptured plantar fascia. He said his recovery is about three weeks ahead of schedule. He has begun running sprints and expects to be 100 percent by the season opener. Busch Stadium's grass surface is expected to be easier on the foot than the artificial turf in Toronto.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press