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Adam LaRoche clears waivers

Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 8:06 pm
Adam LaRoche Do you suppose Adam LaRoche even unpacks his bags anymore? Does he dare to buy fresh fruit?

In 2009, the first baseman was traded from the Pirates to the Red Sox to the Braves. In January he signed with the Diamondbacks, but now he could be on the move again.

John Gambadoro of Phoenix-area radio station KTAR reports via Twitter that LaRoche has cleared waivers, which means the Diamondbacks can now trade him to any team. He'd be a nice pickup for a contender, and fairly cheap -- he's owed a little over a million remaining on this year's salary, and has a mutual option for 2011 that can be bought out for $1.5 million (or picked up for $9.5 million). What's kind of odd is that his contract called for the option to escalate from $7.5 million to $9.5 million if he was traded, pretty much assuring if he changes addresses during the season, he'd have to do so again next year.

LaRoche has always been a second-half player, and he's doing it again this year. He's batting .381/.409/.762 with six homers and 11 RBI in August and on Sunday hit his 20th homer. The White Sox and Rays are looking for power, and even after signing Carlos Beltran, the Red Sox might consider LaRoche a superior option to platoon with Mike Lowell.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Colorado's Brad Hawpe has also cleared waivers, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck (via Twitter ). The suitors for Hawpe would likely be about the same as LaRoche, though he may be a tad less desirable.  Hawpe is owed roughly $2 million and he can void the $10 million  club option for 2011 if traded. The buyout for that option is $500,000.

UPDATE: Renck tweets he expects a move with Hawpe after tonight's game or before tomorrow's game. Hawpe may be outrighted. In addition, Texas seems to have some interest in picking him up.

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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2010 3:59 pm

Adam LaRoche clears waivers

Solid player. He turned down a bigger contract offer from SF in order to sign with Arizona, ostensibly to have better stats. Now he has a chance to go to a contender this year, and he can at worst pocket the $1.5 million buyout regardless of where he goes next year. Must have a pretty savvy agent.

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