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Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:00 pm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Looking to plug their hole at first base, the Cubs are targeting free agent Adam LaRoche, according to sources.

There are several available first basemen on the market, including Carlos Pena, Casey Kotchman, Paul Konerko (who is widely expected to agree to terms with the White Sox soon), Lyle Overbay and former Cub Derrek Lee.

The Cubs, who essentially created this opening when they traded Lee to Atlanta last summer, have talked with several of them but would like to close the deal with LaRoche soon.

Pena is being courted by the Nationals and Diamondbacks, among other clubs.

LaRoche, 31, played in 151 games for Arizona last season, hitting .261 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI. He compiled a .320 on-base percentage and a .468 slugging percentage.

The seven-year veteran broke into the majors with Atlanta in 2004 and since has played for Pittsburgh, Boston and Arizona.

Currently, the Cubs' only option at first base is Tyler Colvin, who had a big rookie season at the plate in 2010 (.254, 20 homers, 54 RBI in 135 games) while spending all of his time in the outfield.

Looking to re-tool last season's highly disappointing club under new manager Mike Quade, the Cubs this winter need a first baseman and are planning to add pitching depth -- a starting or relieving, whichever comes their way and makes the most sense.


Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:16 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

WHY aren't the Cubs going after Cliff Lee

They said there was a team with a 7 year deal for Lee  -  and it wasn't the Yankees

AND if the earlier comment was right - the Cubs have 40 million of salary being freed up after one year -  WHY wouldn't they go after Lee with a 7 year deal  -  that would be a game-changer

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:55 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

I think they are looking for a short term deal because they have a lot of salary that falls off after next year. I think Fukudome, Ramirez, and Silva drop off after next year and that will be about 40 million. Silva has this coming year with a club option on the next. Even the Cubs arent stupid enough to pick up that option. This deal they have on the table with Texas for the young first basemen and the relief pitcher would be great because both of them are at the minimum. I heard that Texas is asking for Marmol though.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:36 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

I doubt they will end up signing LaRoche, the Rumor is that they are going after the Rangers Chris Davis in a package that would bring them reliever Darren O'Day. Im not sure who they would trade to the Rangers but i have heard that the Cubs are dangling Tom Gorzelanny to teams but im not sure if thats who the Rangers would want. If they go after LaRoche I cant see them going past 2 years as they want someone younger and can play defense. LaRoche is probably the back up plan.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:41 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

While I can buy into the idea of the Cubs making a run at Adam LaRoche, there's one thing that this article says that doesn't make sense.  Why would the Diamondbacks go after Carlos Pena to play first base (probably going to cost them somewhere in the neighborhood of $8-10 million) when they just jettisoned Mark Reynolds?  He's going to cost less and do no worse as a hitter than Pena, possibly even better.  I understand trading the guy away to Baltimore to get pitching in return, but if you're going to turn around and spend more money on Pena than you would have with Reynolds, isn't that a net loss?

Since: Aug 14, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:29 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

The problem is that LaRoche can't hit crap until after the all-star break. By then you're out of any chance of competing. I watched that with Pittsburgh. He usually batted under .200 with a few homers during the first half and then when it meant nothing he would make his stats look good.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 6:28 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

With all of these dead deals clogging up the payroll, why not see if Colvin can play first or see if Nady wants to come back at a cheap deal?  Or, with two young C's on the roster, why not see if you can move Castillo or Soto to 1B?  Or move Vitter or Aramis over?  There are plenty of options that are better than signing a vet that Hendry coveted years ago (see Bradley deal for prime example).  Spend the money you would have spent on LaRoche on a decent #4 starter (or Webb), leave Cashner in the pen as your set up man and another long man.

I think that the bigger issue at hand is that they now have a potentially worse ownership situation than they had with the absentee Trib owners.  The Ricketts' are hemorrhaging money and are even hitting up the bankrupt state for money for repairs that they knew were necessary when they bought the club and stadium.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 5:43 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

Sorry, the $5.5M goes against Silva's contract.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 5:42 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

First, the Cubs are not targeting LaRoche (according to Bruce Levine who actually covers the Cubs). Rather they are focused on Pena, who is a great defender and should benefit from Jaramillo.
Second, the Cubs will receive about $5.5M from the Mariners to go against his salary this year.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:23 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

25 homers & 100 Rbi's.    How many Cubs accomplished this last year.   Rather than overpay for Pena I would sign

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:23 pm

Cubs targeting 1B Adam LaRoche

@freshplum: The Cubs have the 3rd highest payroll in all of baseball, only behind the Yankees and Red Sox.  They are stuck paying Soriano 19 million, Zambrano is getting just under that and Ramirez and Fukudome are gettting 16.75 and 14 million respectively.  Not to mention a ridiculous 12.75 million going to Carlos Silva.  The Cubs are very stupid with there money no doubt, but cheap is certainly not what they are.  You should get your facts straight before sputtering out nonsense like this.  The Cubs cannot afford to go out and get the good players they actually need because they have no money to do so.  Did you know that the Cubs are under new ownership?  Things aren't going to be the same with the Ricketts more just farting out money for absurd contracts(Alfonso Soriano)....which could go down as the worst contract in sports history.  Not cheap sir, just stupid.

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