So much for the player to be named later. Todd Glaesmann, obtained by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal that sent Heath Bell to the Tampa Bay Rays and David Holmberg to the Cincinnati Reds, was placed on the voluntary retired list. The news was tweeted by Matt Eddy at Baseball America and reported at by mlbtraderumors.com. The only other player the D’backs received in this transaction was pitcher Justin Choate, who spent last season at Single A Hudson Valley.
It is a stunning turn of events for a guy who the Rays took in the third round of the 2009 draft. After a trying couple seasons in the organization, Glasemann seemed to have figured it out in 2012. In two different levels of Single A ball, Glasemann hit 21 home runs and drove in 75 runs with a slash line of .285/.336/.493. He was named Tampa’s Minor League Player of the Year and was promoted to Double A Montgomery. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Glasemann struggled in 2013, hitting only 11 HR’s with 54 RBI’s and a line of .240/.289/.378. Although a look at Glaesmann’s Twitter feed did not indicate this was coming, Jack Magruder at Fox Sports Arizona did send this tweet out over the weekend:
Dbacks Glaesmann on retiring: “Although the decision was not easy it was best move for me. The passion for the game was not there anymore.”
It’s a shame we did not get a chance to see what Todd Glaesmann had to offer. We wish him the best of luck in his future plans.