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Andy LaRoche agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

Andy LaRoche AP

Cleveland has been adding some formerly intriguing names as minor-league depth and the latest is Andy LaRoche, who agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

LaRoche, whose brother Adam LaRoche is the Nationals’ first baseman, will join guys like Felix Pie and Jose Lopez in competing for a spot on the Indians’ bench, but will most likely head back to Triple-A again.

He was once a top prospect with the Dodgers, but LaRoche has hit just .226 with a .642 OPS in 403 games as a big leaguer spent with three different teams and even his minor-league numbers were underwhelming in 2011.

  1. cmb79 - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    I hope the usage of the word “intriguing” is sarcastic. So much for any real right-hand pop.

  2. mikeyrivs23 - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    It makes a little more sense when you remember he wrote “formerly” in front of intriguing. But, not exactly exciting news for Cleveland fans.

    • mikeyrivs23 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      This has potential to end up on the list of Least Viewed stories of 2011.

  3. steelerchicken - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Another great trade by the Pirates.

  4. mgscott - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Get the minor league championship rings fitted!

    • Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:43 AM

      You jest, but we love our back-to-back champion Clippers in Columbus, takes some of the focus off the mess(es) 2 hours north on 71.

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