LaRoche signed with the Oakland Athletics.

Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn't a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only for the Pirates to ask for pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Ryan Sweeney.

LaRoche showed some promise in 2009.  His hitting wasn't really anything to write home about, but his defense at third gave him a lot of value.  He also started to heat up at the plate in the final two months of the season, leaving hope that he would finally realize his potential in 2010.  The opposite happened.  Not only did LaRoche struggle at the plate in 2010, he also saw his defense decline, and was...

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