UPDATE 1:41 PM: The 40-Man Roster/Payroll chart is updated with the move. Argenis Diaz replaces LaRoche on the 40-man roster. Assuming the Pirates didn’t send any money to the Red Sox (and there’s no word yet), the Pirates saved $3 M on this deal. The Payroll Commitments Chart, 25-Man Roster page, and Neal Huntington trade history has also been updated.
I’m guessing Garrett Jones is going to take over at first base (seems obvious since he just hit his ninth homer of the year). There’s an open spot on the 25-man roster, and my guess is that Lastings Milledge gets the call to start in left field, leaving a Delwyn Young/Brandon Moss split in right field.
UPDATE 1:30 PM: More on Diaz and Strickland from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus via Twitter:
Diaz is a ++ defender without much of a bat, Strickland is a projectable RHP, but he’s been that for 2 yrs now; 88-92, avg. secondary stuff.
UPDATE 1:12 PM: Jennifer Langosch says that the Pirates are reportedly receiving Double-A SS Argenis Diaz and Single-A RHP Hunter Strickland from Boston for LaRoche.
Diaz was the #17 prospect for the Red Sox coming in to the season, according to Baseball America. Strickland was not in the top 30, but was the 14th ranked right handed starter in Boston’s system, according to BA.
Diaz is very strong on defense, and offensively sounds like Jack Wilson. Actually, overall he sounds like a Jack Wilson clone (bottom of the order hitter, not a lot of speed on the bases, but great range to either side on the field). He’s hitting .253/.309/.310 in AA this year, after hitting .284/.332/.382 in two A-ball levels last season.
Strickland is 6’5″, 200 pounds, and turns 21 in late September. He has a 3.35 ERA and a 51:13 K/BB ratio in 83.1 innings at Class A, in the same league as West Virginia. Last year he had a 3.18 ERA and a 59:17 K/BB ratio in 70.2 innings in the NYPL. Like all Neal Huntington acquired pitchers, Strickland favors the ground balls, with a 49.5% ground ball ratio this season.
UPDATE 12:49 PM: John Perrotto says nothing is official, and the two teams are still working out the details. He speculates that money could be one detail. Remember, the Pirates paid some money on Hinske’s remaining salary when they traded him to the Yankees. I’m all for paying some of LaRoche’s salary if it gets a better return.
UPDATE 12:21 PM: Nothing on the players yet. As for LaRoche, I plan on doing a post tonight talking about how he received unfair criticism while he was here.
UPDATE 12:14 PM: Dejan Kovacevic tweets that LaRoche has been traded to the Red Sox. Quote from the PBC Blog:
12:12 p.m.: LaRoche has been traded to the Boston Red Sox. No word on return yet. Still no official word of any kind from the team.
UPDATE 12:10 PM: Ed Price says the Red Sox and Pirates were talking about Adam LaRoche, but no confirmation that’s the destination. John Perrotto says the buzz is the Giants, and that it makes sense since they’ve been interested in LaRoche since May. I still haven’t been able to load the PBC Blog, but I did find this quote from the PBC Blog on a message board:
“Speculation among baseball people here from other teams is that LaRoche has been traded to the San Francisco Giants. Again, I stress, unconfirmed.”
UPDATE 12:04 PM: The title of the PBC Blog: “Adam LaRoche Traded to Giants?”. I can’t get the page to load. I’m hoping it’s a 1 for 1 deal for Jonathan Sanchez. That’s just my speculation/wish list though.
UPDATE 11:56 AM: Ed Price of FanGraphs (he was all over the Lastings Milledge news) reports via Twitter that the Pirates have traded Adam LaRoche. No word on who the receiving team is. John Perrotto also confirms that LaRoche has been traded via Twitter.
Dejan Kovacevic has a short post about the possibility of an Adam LaRoche trade coming today. In short, there is a buzz in the clubhouse about a possible trade happening today. Fueling the rumors is the fact that the lineup was posted late, and Garrett Jones is now starting at first base, with LaRoche getting a day off.
Also, Jennifer Langosch writes that the Pirates have a scout at the Detroit/Seattle game today. I’m not sure if this is related to LaRoche, but it’s very coincidental. The Tigers had a scout at the Pirates game last night, and we heard several weeks ago that the Pirates had a scout at another Seattle game on July 9th when they were playing Texas.
I’ll keep this post updated with any more rumors.