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So long, Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche no longer is a Pittsburgh Pirate.

To that, I say, "Thank you."

LaRoche came to the Pirates with promise of a home-run hitter from the left-hand side, one able to launch blasts over the Clemente Wall and perhaps into the Allegheny River.

Perhaps too much was expected from him. Whatever the case, his term in Pittsburgh was not very memorable.

You could count on a terrible first half followed by a solid second half of the season. By the time he started to hit, the Pirates were selling the good players they had. Now, LaRoche is the one being shipped away.

According to WEEI in Boston, the Red Sox gave up shortstop Argenis Diaz and pitcher Hunter Strickland.

Diaz was playing in Class AA Portland, hitting .253 with no home runs and 24 RBIs. He has seven stolen bases. The WEEI report describe Diaz as a gifted defensive player without much of a bat. Strickland, who is 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, was 5-4 with a 3.35 ERA in the South Atlantic League.

If the reports are accurate, Diaz could be the Pirates shortstop next season, meaning Jack Wilson is all but gone.

Garrett Jones, who has nearly as many home runs (8 in 63 at-bats) in his short stay with the Pirates as LaRoche (12 in 324) has all season, should move to first with Lastings Milledge coming up to play the outfield.

Anything short of receiving a few baseballs, bobbleheads or fireworks would be a win for the Pirates.

I'm looking forward to see if they can get a deal done for Wilson or Freddy Sanchez.

UPDATE (3:59 p.m.): The Pirates will not include any cash in the deal. Some outlets initially thought the Red Sox would receive money. Steve Pearce will be called up while Milledge will remain at AAA for now.


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