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Adam LaRoche traded to San Fran/Boston/Mexico/Kentucky…

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As one of the three followers of Pittsburgh Pirate’s baseball, I knew it was just a matter of time before first baseman Adam Laroche changed uniforms. Besides second baseman Freddy Sanchez and shortstop Jack Wilson, LaRoche was one of the team’s last valuable trading chips and we all know what the Pittsburgh front office loves to do with its solid players…

With Garrett Jones showing that he’ll be a capable replacement at first base and Lastings Milledge ready to take Jones’ outfield patrol, LaRoche recently became the team’s definition of “expendable.”

Is LaRoche on his way out?

The team has taken an inordinate amount of time posting its lineup for this evening’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, leading to speculation that LaRoche has already been dealt to the San Francisco Giants.

I’ll keep you updated as the information rolls in.

UPDATE: LaRoche is not in tonight’s lineup. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he has actually been moved to the Red Sox, although the return is not yet known. It seems the two clubs are “going steady” following the Bay/Hansen/Moss deal. Pittsburgh should grab a few prospects in the deal, but knowing Theo Epstein, they’ll get nothing substantial. LaRoche would most likely be in the lineup on days Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell need rest.

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