Eskimos sign MLB Javier Glatt

Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole!  Wait…this isn’t a Montreal Canadians game or a bullfight. Pardon the theatrics, we here at the Eskimos Nation just got word that the Green & Gold had signed Javier Glatt, the one time CFL all star middle linebacker, formerly of the BC Lions. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to break out the chant.  On the surface, it looks like a pretty decent roster move, or is it?

Let’s take a look at the positives first. First of all, Glatt fills an area of need at MLB, where depth became a very apparent issue last season when Mo Lloyd went down to injury.  Second, as a Canadian, Glatt provides relief when it comes to managing the import ratio. Finally, Glatt is a proven commodity in the CFL and is still young enough (28 years old) where one would suspect his skills are not starting to decline. He is also a former starter on a Grey Cup winning team (BC Lions 2006) and has shown himself to be a good teammate both on and off the field.

On the other foot, if this guy is so good, why did the BC Lions decide to release him? Excellent question. Although a starter for two plus seasons, Glatt has never consistently put up spectacular numbers. He has always been just solid and reliable. His two best seasons in 2006 and 2008, have both been followed by good, but not outstanding efforts. It could be that he was successful in part because of the system and players he was playing with forced opposing teams to focus on other parts of the defence as opposed to Glatt. In 2008 for example, a certain Cameron Wake was wrecking havoc on offensive lines across the league and commanding special attention in the game planning of upcoming opponents. During the 2009 season, the BC Lions didn’t hesitate to pick up JoJuan Howard to take over as the full time starter for Glatt, and in the end, made Glatt expendable to the organization.

Taking all this into account, the signing of Glatt should certainly be viewed as a positive for the Green & Gold.  At the very least they have picked up a capable backup that can start and play well if needed, not to mention contribute on special teams. If Glatt returns to his 2006 and 2008 form, the Eskimos have made an astute roster move and Glatt will pair very nicely with Mo Lloyd at the MLB position for the 2010 squad.


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