Comments on: Trade Target – Adam Laroche http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: Outlaw1972 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10578 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:06:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10578 I am probably the President of the Matt Hague fan club.  Give this kid a chance!  He is proving in winter ball that he can hit for average (like he has proven at every level that he has played).  He also drives in runs.  He hits in the clutch.  Does it really matter how the runs are driven in?  At this point, I could care less is our first baseman has 65 RBI that are driven in by singles or homeruns.  The point is, he hits, and that is what matters.  He also walks alot, and strikes out at a low ratio.  High OBP proves that.  Put him at first and spend on a quality third baseman.  Give Alvarez the chance to concentrate on his skills.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10534 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 20:03:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10534 No one is hating on Laroche.  What you claim is “hating” is actually legitimate criticism.  You prove with your comment that “he just isn’t that good”.  Are you hating too or is a legitimate criticism?

Again, if the Nationals have to unload money to sign a free agent, why are they going to send money that they need to spend on a free agent?  The logic doesn’t stand scrutiny.

Here’s the thing.  Hague may not be a long term solution, there is some reason to think he could be. There is no doubt at all that Laroche is not a long term solution.  He’s a  short term solution by everyone’s admission.  So, why not go with the guy who could be, no matter how slight the chance is, the solution.  None of this trade discussion to get Laroch withstands any analysis.

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By: Jeff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10527 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:00:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10527 i was thinking the same thing!I like lee 1st but see kotchman as affordabe and good temp fix.what do you think of omar visquel?sure i misspelled that.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10521 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:53:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10521 I want to put my 2 cents in here…I think they should go after Casey Kotchman. They could have Kotchman and Hague split the 1B duties until Hague proves he is ready to be the starter. If both of them flop, we still would have a viable option in Garret jones on the bench. Kothcman is basically what Hague projects to be in a few years, a solid defensive firstbaseman that hits for average with 12-15 homers per year. The only thing is, no matter what Hague has done in the minors he has yet to see a single pitch in the majors. regardless of what you might think, minor league statistics mean absolutely nothing once you are called up to the show. Hague looks more interesting because of the lack of production we had from the 1B position the last couple seasons. I would like to see him get his shot, but until then I will refrain from saying he is better then any player in the major leagues, including Adam LaRoche…….

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10511 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:15:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10511 I don’t like LaRoche that much as an option, I just like Hague less. No one truly knows how either will perform next year tbh.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10509 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:12:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10509 I’m sorry, but for this particular topic, people are “hating” on LaRoche.

And the Nats would need to send money for all the reasons people are pointing out here; he just isn’t that good. The thing is, that is still better than Hague and clearly not everyone is in agreement with that.

And yes, we’d like to find a long-term solution but I don’t think one is available to us other than to develop our own guys and cross our fingers. We are just plugging holes here. Guys like Barajas or D. Lee have no future either. Regardless of how we got to this point, that is the state of our team right now in needing players like that.

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By: Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10506 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:42:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10506 FREE HAGUE !~!!!!

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By: Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10505 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:41:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10505 eeee12, you sir are wrong, no chance that Laroche is an upgrade over Hague.  I don’t understand our FO, they give everyone a chance including a 5′ 6″ 3B named Harrison, a terrible defensive SS in d’Arnuad yet they won’t give Hague a shot even though he has proven time and time again that he deserves a chance.  Just plain stupid.  

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10500 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:04:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10500 That’s my point though. LaRoche isn’t a guy who should be in the middle of the lineup. He’s not a guy who should be providing protection. He was destined to disappoint because he was batting out of position in the lineup. If you look at his best seasons, they came when he wasn’t expected to be the number one or number two hitter on the team.

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By: Michael Webster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/trade-target-adam-laroche.html#comment-10499 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:57:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21602#comment-10499 Tim, I agree with White Angus and Tdippo.  I liked Laroche, but he was a hole in the middle of the lineup when Bay, Sanchez, Nady and McLouth were having good years.  He never turned it on until it was way too late.  I think he was expected to protect Bay, not carry the team.  Another thing is that he was terrible in 2011 before the shoulder surgery.  I live in DC, and he said it didn’t bother him hitting, only throwing.  That’s scary.  I’d much rather give Hague a shot.

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