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    Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2734082

    The Pittsburgh Pirates, filling their need for a left-handed power bat, acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez, two sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

    ESPN.com could not immediately confirm if other players were involved in the deal.

    LaRoche hit 32 homers and drove in 90 runs last season and finished in a tie for seventh in the National League with a .561 slugging percentage.

    Gonzalez went 3-4 with 24 saves and a 2.17 ERA for the Pirates in 2006.

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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    finally happened. Makes me wonder who the closer is for the Pirates. Actually I like the Braves end of this deal better. I guess a lot depends on how one views the 2nd half of 2006 that LaRoche had.
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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85 View Post
    Makes me wonder who the closer is for the Pirates.

    Does it matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Does it matter?
    not really, same could be said for the Reds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85 View Post
    not really, same could be said for the Reds.

    True.
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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    Great deal for PIT. No one is going to pick them to surprise this year.. except me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott View Post
    Great deal for PIT. No one is going to pick them to surprise this year.. except me.
    They'll surprise themselves...they'll finish 5th in front of the Cubs.



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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    I like the Pittsburgh side of this deal too. Never trade everday players for relievers as we all know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoryMac5 View Post
    I like the Pittsburgh side of this deal too. Never trade everday players for relievers as we all know.
    or if your going to do it the relievers better have nasty bat missing stuff (Gonzalez has that, he is one the nastiest relievers in the league, exactly the kind Bray and Majik were not).
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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    A couple of minor league players are also in the deal according to one paper. The Braves will get minor league shortstop Brent Lillibridge and the Pirates will get minor league OF Jamie Romak.

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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott View Post
    Great deal for PIT. No one is going to pick them to surprise this year.. except me.
    Careful. They were my surprise pick last year, and that didn't work out too well.

    I wonder if the Pirates don't know something about Gonzalez's health. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KoryMac5 View Post
    I like the Pittsburgh side of this deal too. Never trade everday players for relievers as we all know.
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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    Careful. They were my surprise pick last year, and that didn't work out too well.

    I wonder if the Pirates don't know something about Gonzalez's health. We'll see.
    They sure used him sparingly.
    Wait until the year after next year.

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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    The Pirates seemed awfully eager to trade Gonzalez during the offseason.

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    Re: Braves trade LaRoche to the Pirates

    What a steal for the Bravo's,Gonzalez is the real deal.So where does that leave Wickman I suppose?


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