So it was announced today that Adam LaRoche was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for two low level prospects. Who we got in return doesn't matter nearly as much as the fact we dealt away a guy who just wasn't getting the job done and was collecting a fat bloated overpaid contract from the team.
LaRoche makes over 7 million dollars to stink half a season, hit unimportant homeruns and stare at the fans like a crazed deranged stalker. His departure finally clears the way for Ryan Doumit or Garrett Jones to play at 1st base. Rumor has it Steve Pearce might also start to get regular playing time there.
Right now if I was the Pirates manager, my lineup would look something like this.
1. Andrew McCutchen - CF
2. Freddy Sanchez - 2B
3. Garrett Jones - 1B
4. Ryan Doumit - C
5. Andy LaRoche - 3B
6. Delwyn Young - RF
7. Lastings Milledge - LF
8. Jack Wilson - SS
The emergence of Jones as a power threat made LaRoche expendable, and it's time to see what Milledge can do. However since Milledge did not get called up just yet, expect Pearce to get time at 1B, with Moss in LF, Jones in RF, and Delwyn Young floating around at an outfield slot or at 2B to spell Freddy.
If Sanchez gets dealt like many of us Pirate fans fear, Young will probably take over at 2B.
As a fellow fan said. Today's deal is addition by subtraction. We dumped salary, got a few prospects and really lost nothing.
Good trade Neal!