Red Sox Acquire Pirates’ Adam LaRoche

by Ben Cook on July 22, 2009

Update III:

The Pirates are reportedly receiving “Double-A shortstop Argenis Diaz and Single-A pitcher Hunter Strickland” in exchange for LaRoche. That’s about what I expected them to get & makes the deal a good one for both teams involved.

If the Red Sox had agreed to acquire Chris Duncan from the St. Louis Cardinals, LaRoche is certainly the better, if slightly more expensive, option.

Update II:

Dejan Kovacevic has the scoop. LaRoche has been traded to the Boston Red Sox. What the BoSox gave up is still unknown and no official word has been issued by either team.

Update:

The PiratesReport.com’s John Perrotto reports that LaRoche has indeed been traded, but does not yet know the location.

My guess would be either the Red Sox or the Giants, but as always, we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirate’s clubhouse is “abuzz with word that a trade involving first baseman Adam LaRoche is imminent.”

The Pirates are one of the few teams this year entrenched as sellers andthe 29 year old LaRoche could provide some pop for a contending team’s lineup or bench. He’s batting .247 this year with 12 HR and 40 RBI.

There’s no info available yet on a likely destination for the Pirates’ first baseman but several teams are in need of a powerful left handed bat.

The Red Sox had been rumored to be interested in LaRoche, but I don’t see the BoSox giving up more than a couple of mid-level prospects to land him.

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