Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays: Gary Glover RHP #47

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Gary Glover
RHP #47
HT:6'5 WT:225

The Dish: G-Love was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th Round of the 1994 Draft. Glover spent almost six full seasons in the minors as a starter. He compiled a record of 31-55 as a starter before getting a one game call up in 1999. That would be Glover's only appearance as a Blue Jay and he spent all of 2000 at the Jays AAA Level. He was traded to the White Sox and started six games at AAA before being called up to Chicago. He made 48 appearances including 11 starts. He spent all of 2002 and most of 2003 with the White Sox before being traded to the Angels. Over his three year career in Chicago, Glover was 13-13 with a 4.89 ERA over 111 games including 33 starts. He made 18 relief appearances for the Angels in 2003 going 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA. In 2004 he moved around three organizations, pitching for the AAA affiliates for the Cubs, Twins and Brewers. He made a four game appearance for the Brewers going 2-1 in 4 appearances(3 Starts) with a 3.50 ERA. In 2005 Glover split time between the Brewers and their AAA Nashville club. His Major League numbers were 5-4 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 games(11 Starts). Glover moved to Japan for the 2006 season. Pitching mostly as a starter for Yomiuri, Glover pitched in 20 games(18 Starts)going 5-7 with a 4.97 ERA. In 2007, Glover signed a minor league deal with the Rays during the offseason. He made the club out of camp and by default led all Rays relievers in appearances with 67 last year.

2007 Numbers: (Rays) 67 Appearances, 6-5 with a 4.89 ERA and 2 Saves.

Jules Fantasy Impact: Maddon loves Glover so I imagine he'll stay around all year, but I'm hoping against it. Which means no fantasy value.

Role for '08: Glover became a favorite of Joe Maddon's last year earning him a spot in the bullpen this year before Spring Training even started. Glover is a "what you see is what you get" player. He'll have good appearances and he'll make bad ones. His career 5.00 ERA isn't there by accident, but it's keep him in professional baseball for 14 years. He should be called on for the Rays early and often in middle relief.

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