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Adam LaRoche clears waivers, but trade may be difficult

Aug 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

John Gambadoro of KTAR-620 in Arizona reports that Adam LaRoche has cleared waivers, meaning the Diamondbacks can make him available in trade talks with any team.
LaRoche has hit .272/.339/.489 with 20 homers and 26 doubles in 113 games, which is basically identical to his .273/.342/.492 career line. He’s far from an elite offensive first baseman, but would make for a nice stretch-run pickup for any contender in need of a solid bat from the left side.
However, his contract is why he cleared waivers unclaimed and could make him a tricky target. He’s owed about $1.5 million for the rest of this season and LaRoche’s deal also has a $7.5 million mutual option for 2011 that increases to $9.5 million if he’s traded and includes a $1.5 million buyout.
In other words, unless a contender wants to keep him around for next season at $9.5 million the commitment for this year would be about $3 million for 40 or so games. Depending on how much salary the Diamondbacks are willing to eat, of course.

  1. BasicInstinct - Aug 19, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Honestly, the Braves really didn’t start playing decent baseball last year until Adam showed up. Why can’t the players and the teams ever get on the same page about winning championships anymore?
    Laroche is a quality firstbaseman that few teams take seriously….it’s his own fault. He costs too much right now.
    Is Cliff Lee really that much better than Adam Laroche…oops…..I forgot, he’s a lefthanded batter….nevermind.

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