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Adam LaRoche Traded to Red Sox

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The Red Sox have picked up some more pop in the lineup as reports indicate Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche is now Boston bound.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports LaRoche, 29, has been traded to the Red Sox with prospects Argenis Diaz (shortstop playing at Portland) and Hunter Stricklandy (pitcher for Greenville) headed to Pittsburgh. This season LaRoche is batting .247 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. He adds a left handed bat to a lineup struggling against right handed pitchers. This could mean Youkilis will head back to the third base on a more permanent basis.

My Take: Seems like a pretty good pickup for the Sox as LaRoche can provide some pop and has decent defense. Though it comes as a surprise as there was little indication this trade was coming, it’s common knowledge that LaRoche, like most players, was unhappy with his situation in Pittsburgh. More as this develops…

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6 comments for “Adam LaRoche Traded to Red Sox”

  1. Adam LaRoche Traded to Red Sox: The Red Sox have picked up some more pop in the lineup as reports indicate Pirat.. http://bit.ly/1C7jY8

    Posted by Sports of Boston | July 22, 2009, 12:55 pm
  2. Good trade. Laroche is usually a second half hitter, will be a free agent, and can platoon with Lowell, with Youkilis moving around. Decent enough defense, has some power, not bad at getting on base. Hopefully he’ll go to the opposite field more in Fenway and use the wall to his advantage.

    This should eventually help the offense, and keep Lowell from playing too much, and keep Kotsay from ever having important at-bats. Those are all good, important things.

    Laroche will hopefully pop a couple of home runs out to the short porch in right in NY in that ridiculous new stadium of theirs.

    Strickland’s like our 45th most-important minor league pitcher, and Our Heinous Diaz has struggled with the bat in Portland. More importantly, he was taking up a 40-man roster spot, and has (I think) already burned two option years, so he’d have to make the Red Sox roster coming out of spring training next year, or else we would’ve lost him on waivers. He’s certainly not hitting like someone who’d be likely to do that, especially since he seemed really nervous and uncomfortable this year in spring training.

    With Diaz moved, Yamaico Navarro can move up to Portland, and then next year the Cuban SS kid we just signed can move up the ladder too, so it’s not like Diaz had much of a chance to help the Sox. He’s supposed to have a really nice glove, and maybe he’ll play in the majors at some point, but we probably would’ve lost him before the season next year anyway.

    It’ll be interesting to see what move they make to make room for Laroche. DL Kotsay? Release him? DL Lowell? Send a pitcher down?

    Posted by Dan Davis | July 22, 2009, 2:53 pm
  3. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. My guess is that they’ll DL Kotsay…

    Posted by KC | July 22, 2009, 6:12 pm
  4. We’re probably just using LaRoche in order to put together a package in a trade for Halladay.

    Posted by Pete | July 24, 2009, 2:37 am
  5. [...] By KC in Featured, Red Sox ⋅ July 24, 2009 at 7:07pm ⋅ Post a comment With Adam LaRoche coming to the Red Sox, something had to give. Apparently, that was Mark Kotsay, who was designated for assignment Friday. [...]

    Posted by Red Sox Designate Kotsay for Assignment | Sports of Boston | July 24, 2009, 7:07 pm
  6. [...] has not come and gone yet, but Theo Epstein was busy at work acquiring two new players this week. LaRoche came over from the Pirates in exchange for two minor leaguers (Argenis Diaz and Hunter Strickland). LaRoche joined the Red Sox [...]

    Posted by Sox Bats Starting to Wake Up? | Sports of Boston | July 27, 2009, 2:00 pm

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