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LaRoche hasn't heard from Braves

Dec 19, 2009, 8:46 AM EST

adam laroche.jpgAdam LaRoche batted .325/.401/.557
with 12 home runs, 40 RBI and a .957 OPS in 212 at-bats after being
scooped up from the Red Sox on July 31, playing a huge part in the
Braves’ late playoff run. Sure, we’re all accustomed to LaRoche’s
second-half surges — .909 OPS lifetime, as opposed to .773 before the
All-Star break — but his strong performance down the stretch hasn’t
given general manager Frank Wren
much of a sense of urgency to bring him back:

“No talk from ATL that I know of. Guess I should have hit .400 while I was there.”

Tough words by LaRoche. So, what’s
the deal? Well, for starters, LaRoche reportedly wants a three-year
contract worth more than $7.05 million annually. Also, the Braves have
2007 second-round pick Freddie Freeman shooting up their minor league
system. Freeman, 20, has a .294/.356/.452 line over his first two
professional seasons and was recently ranked as the team’s No. 2
by Baseball America. The sides may find a one-year compromise later, but there’s no reason to commit to an expensive mutli-year deal with a younger and far cheaper player on the rise.

  1. tk1966 - Dec 19, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    So Andy wants to use a good stretch as his bargaining chip, as opposed to his career roller coaster stats? Good luck with that (although I am sure some team will get desperate and throw some money at him)

  2. ray - Dec 19, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Cocky comments like that one from LaRoche are not the type that will have people knocking on his door. Perhaps Atlanta is hoping that Adam might show a bit of motivation before the All-Star break each year before showing him a long-term deal. He is simply ok as a player, but has never lived up to his potential. the fact that he is trash-talking as if he is the Braves owe him is a bit alarming.

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