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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…