Check out part one, looking at the 2008-2009 trades leading up to the 2009 deadline. Now for the 2009-2010 deals:
The Trade: LaRoche didn't have a lot of value, since his salary was at the maximum amount to get any value. The Pirates ended up getting Argenis Diaz and Hunter Strickland for him from Boston. Boston later traded him to Atlanta for Casey Kotchman.
Initial Reaction: The reaction wasn't good, as the return wasn't anything to write home about. The trade did get a boost when Hunter Strickland combined with Diego Moreno for a no hitter in West Virginia shortly after the deal.
Reaction Over Time: LaRoche was a pending free agent, so this deal didn't get a lot of attention compared to other bigger deals. Plus, for some reason, LaRoche was under-appreciate...
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