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Report: the Diamondbacks have signed Adam LaRoche

Jan 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Dejan Kovacevic tweets that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a one-year contract. Heyman tweets that it’s between $4-5 million.

You’ll recall that LaRoche had previously turned down a two-year, $17.5 million offer from the Giants. Add in the facts that (a) San Francisco is a way cooler place to live than Phoenix; and (b) the Giants stand a better shot at competing for the division and, I think we can call LaRoche’s offseason strategy to have been something approaching a total failure.

  1. Zonebrick - Jan 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    He’s overrated but it’s still a fine deal for Arizona.

  2. APBA Guy - Jan 14, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Total failure would be no contract (Jason Giambi), approaching total failure, minor league deal w/ Kansas City.

  3. Homer Simpson - Jan 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I agree Craig, this guy is craZy for playing where he chooses
    rather than taking more money, he deserves to be blasted for such
    a selfish move.He could have been made a hero by you and your fellow writers if he had just done the honorable thing and take the money, he is no A-Rod, who sacrificed and took the more money when he was offered by the Yankees.

  4. a casual observer - Jan 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Yes, Homer, that seems likely. He didn’t turn down San Francisco because he thought he could still do better, he turned it down because he just LOVES Arizona and was absolutely DESPERATE to play there at a fraction of the price.

  5. themarksmith - Jan 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    No jokes about the Diamondbacks collecting ex-Braves infielders that they didn’t want anymore?

  6. Darrell - Jan 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I have lived in both cities, and Phoenix is far more desirable than San Francisco. You guys don’t understand the beauty of strolling through 113 degree temps during the Summer. Don’t forget- IT’S A DRY HEAT !!!

  7. Joey Joe-Joe Junior - Jan 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Don’t forget that A-Rod tried and failed to give back millions of dollars to leave Texas for the Red Sox. Instead of buying his freedom however, they forced him to go play for the team with cell bars on their uniforms.

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