St. Louis Scott Rolen was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for Troy Glaus in a swap of All-Star third basemen that was finalized after both players passed physicals.
Rolen became the second St. Louis star to join Toronto in the offseason. The Blue Jays signed former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein, MVP of the 2006 World Series, to a one-year contract earlier.
The 32-year-old Rolen hit a total of only 35 home runs the last three years while being hindered by a left shoulder injury that has required three operations. He and Tony La Russa have clashed since the 2006 postseason, when the manager benched Rolen.
Rolen requested a trade after last season.
The 31-year-old Glaus was hampered by a bad left foot last season while hitting 20 homers in 115 game