Cubs bring Glanville back as extra option

By Jim Callis

July 30, 2003

Twelve years after drafting him in the first round and six years after dealing him to the Phillies, the Cubs have brought Doug Glanville back to Chicago. They acquired him from the Rangers on Wednesday for minor league outfielder Jason Fransz and cash.

Glanville, 32, will serve as the primary backup to newly acquired Kenny Lofton in center field. His best tool is his speed, but he’s merely average in center field and a liability at the plate. Glanville hit .272-4-14 in 52 games with Texas after signing a one-year, $1 million contract as a free agent, but he doesn’t walk (.294 on-base percentage) or hit for power (.359 sluggging). His performance is in line with his career totals of .281-56-317 with a .318 OBP and .386 slugging percentage in 1,000 games. Glanville is a high-percentage basestealer, succeeding on all four of his attempts this year and on 82 percent (160-for-195) in his career. He’ll be a free agent again this offseason.

Fransz, 22, was a 2002 eighth-round pick out of the University of Oklahoma, where he was an all-Big 12 Conference performer. His best attributes are his body (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and his raw power, but he also has holes in his swing and isn’t a good outfielder. He was hitting .262-9-42 in 77 games at low Class A Lansing, with a 67-23 strikeout-walk ratio in 267 at-bats, a .328 OBP and .408 slugging percentage.

More significant from the Rangers’ perspective is the player they recalled to take Glanville’s roster spot. Outfielder Ramon Nivar, who has broken through this year as an offensive catalyst, was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma to Texas.