Diamondbacks Sign Adam LaRoche

The Diamondbacks signed Adam LaRoche to a one-year $6MM deal that could keep him in Arizona through the 2011 season. The streaky first baseman makes $4.5MM in 2010. Afterwards, he'll either receive a $1.5MM buyout or agree to exercise a $7.5MM mutual option for 2011.

The D'Backs were not known to be interested in LaRoche and it wasn't apparent that they had the money to sign him, but the move makes sense. It allows the club to play Conor Jackson in left field and give Brandon Allen more minor league seasoning. Eric Byrnes is the odd man out; the D'Backs designated him for assignment today in a move that will likely end his tenure in Arizona.

LaRoche reportedly turned down a two-year, $17.5MM deal from the Giants earlier this offseason, as he was aiming for three years. The 30-year-old earned $7.05MM in '09 and hit .278/.357/.487 with 24 home runs for the Pirates, Braves, and Red Sox. He was a Type B free agent, but the Braves chose not to offer arbitration.

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the agreement and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, SI's Jon Heyman, Frankie Piliere of AOL FanHouse and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic added detail.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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228 Comments on "Diamondbacks Sign Adam LaRoche"


$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Probably wishes he’d taken the 2/17 offer from the Giants now…

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

I’m still disappointed in sabean for offering him that much. but not how laroche is disappointed in himself for not taking it. he probably feels like a loser right now.

DickAlmighty
5 years 7 months ago

Probably not. LaRoche is 30 years old. As Bill James says, “All players are declining by the time they’re 33.” If I were him, I’d rather sign a one-year “show me” deal and be on the market again at the age of 31, than lock myself up at a below-market rate for two years, and hit the market again as a 32-year-old 1B. It’s a small difference, but all major league GM’s (other than Brian Sabean) are hesitant to hand out multiple-year deals to 32+ year old players; maybe LaRoche wanted to come back on the market a little younger and hope for a longer-term offer the next time around.

OR, maybe he just didn’t want to play in SF. In which case, I bet he’s happy he didn’t take the deal. Some dudes just don’t want to play on the West Coast. As I remember, LaRoche’s home/family/etc. are all in the Great Plains now. Arizona isn’t too much closer, but it is closer to Nebraska/Oklahoma than SF is (in terms of distance, and in terms of culture).

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

could be? but he was thinking he was worth a lot more; like 3/30.

PHLPVD
5 years 7 months ago

“all major league GM’s (other than Brian Sabean) are hesitant to hand out multiple-year deals to 32+ year old players.”

I believe you’re forgetting RubĂ©n Amaro Jr.

WokingIndians
5 years 7 months ago

No lefty slugger in their right mind wants to sign for San Fran. He’ll do well in Arizona and will hope the market picks up in the future, he’s still young. Bargain for the D’Backs and I can see them challenging in the NL if their rotation stays healthy.

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

to me, hes ok. he averages about 22-23 hr’s a year which would drop a lot in SF but i’m glad he signed somewhere else because i don’t really like him not to mention we saved a bunch of money by switching to geico(huff). the giants literally signed huff 15 minutes later and we saved more than 15%

5 years 7 months ago

Haha. If I was LaRoche and SF offered me 2/17 and then the best I could manage was 1/5, but SF had signed a guy for 1/3, I would immediately return to SF and say “Actually, 2/14 sounds great. Deal?”

5 years 7 months ago

Haha. If I was LaRoche and SF offered me 2/17 and then the best I could manage was 1/5, but SF had signed a guy for 1/3, I would immediately return to SF and say “Actually, 2/14 sounds great. Deal?”

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

I’m actually quite shocked. Does Adam regret declining that Giants offer? Or does he honestly think he fairs better on next years market?

If I’m Roachy I think it’s time to start looking for a new agent before next offseason.

ryansiciliano
5 years 7 months ago

He’s going to be the bottom of the barrel of next year’s market. He should have taken SF’s money and ran with it.

NYYANKEES
5 years 7 months ago

LOL at this fool

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Mr. T pities Adam LaRoche.

Dave_Davidson
5 years 7 months ago

Don’t look a Brian Sabean gift horse in the mouth.

Mike C.
5 years 7 months ago

LaRoche should put up big numbers in that ballpark and with the likelihood that Justin Upton and Stephen Drew improve, while Young and Jackson bounce back!

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 7 months ago

yeah the ballpark will help but now he actually has to face top notch pitching for most of the season…. say what you want about the NL as a whole but the NL West has some of the best pitching in the majors (AZ included with that nice 1-2-3 punch with a healthy Webb).

BradyAndersonsSideburns
5 years 7 months ago

stupid is as stupid does

osfanforlife
5 years 7 months ago

your screen name is funny!!!!!!!!

BradyAndersonsSideburns
5 years 7 months ago

hahaha why thank you

not_brooks
5 years 7 months ago

Wow.

The Orioles have an obvious hole at first base and they can’t even sign Adam Freaking LaRoche…

5 years 7 months ago

Congratulations, Orioles. You just won the Russell Branyan sweepstakes by default.

BradyAndersonsSideburns
5 years 7 months ago

looks like the O’s are going to get their choice of Joe Crede or Russell Branyan, time to hire a team chiropractor

5 years 7 months ago

Congratulations, Orioles. You just won the Russell Branyan sweepstakes by default.

bravesfansince93
5 years 7 months ago

Well, you should of signed w/ San Fran huh Adam? Congrats on being an idiot and not taking a DECENT offer when it was placed in front of you…

nycalexs26
5 years 7 months ago

Adam laroche that what you get for thinking your worth 3 yr 20 mil

5 years 7 months ago

jajaja, probably got 6 or 7 M for one year. after declining 8.5 for 2yrs. smart.

Torgos_Executive_Powder
5 years 7 months ago

Heyman says it’s 1 yr, between $4-5M. Now that is embarrassing.

5 years 7 months ago

lol, that’s even worse than what I said.

5 years 7 months ago

Ahaha, he must be desperate and scared to accept that.

HoneyNutIchiro
5 years 7 months ago

Wow. I wonder how much the deal will be for.

Isn’t the 2011 class of 1B loaded though (Derek Lee, Carlos Pena)?

phlavio
5 years 7 months ago

I think this is a glaring mistake by Omar Minaya, as LaRoche for 1-year below 8 Mil per would have given protection to Bay and Wright ESPECIALLY with Beltran sidelined. Instead they’ll give 4-5 Mil to Delgado to sit on the DL all year.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

omar minaya is one big giant mistake. He had better get going on this offseason or he’s gonna end up with murphy at first

phlavio
5 years 7 months ago

Murphy/Garko Platoon is my final hope for the offseason as I can’t imagine that Delgado would be worth WHATEVER we gave him.

How glaringly dumb does the Cora signing look?

We could have had Hudson for 2 years at 2.5 per.

Congrats D-Backs, this was a good LOW RISK signing that a competent GM would be foolish not to make.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Omar would never have signed him. Adam isn’t Latino.

atlbraves312
5 years 7 months ago

Haha.

atlbraves312
5 years 7 months ago

Haha.

angryredmenace
5 years 7 months ago

Same tired joke…I wonders who dumber, you for making it, or the idiot who actually founded it funny.

angryredmenace
5 years 7 months ago

Signing Adam Laroche would have been quite possibly the dumbest move of the year.What would be the point in signing a player to play first base who is only slightly better than David Murphy? At least if Delgado is healthy he’s a on a different playing field than Murphy, but Adam Freaking Laroche? You can’t be serious…

wilchiro
5 years 7 months ago

Wow… good fit for the D-Backs, but what is Adam’s problem? 2y 17m is not a bad deal at all…. anyway, maybe he will have a good season in Arizona, and the D-Backs will end up re-signing him.

DickAlmighty
5 years 7 months ago

Agree — from a long-term perspective, this was a really smart move by LaRoche.

LaRoche is 30 years old. He’s basically begun his decline phase (or he’s about to). Why would he sign a two-year deal at below market rate in a horrible offensive parkm, where he’s just going to reduce his value the next time he hits the market? Why not sign a one-year deal in a good offensive park, and hope the DBacks resign him next offseason for even more money… You can’t look at contracts in isolation; LaRoche isn’t just thinking about this contract, he’s thinking about the next one, and the next one, and the next one. I bet he puts up 10% better numbers in AZ than he would have in SF (especially with the bats AZ has compared to sh*t-ass bats like Mark DeRosa and Edgar Renteria). 10% better numbers in 2010 may mean much bigger money down the road than the piddly difference between making $5M this season and $8.5M this season…

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

2 years @17.5 million is hardly a smart move in a down economy. Of course there is what the media reports, and then there is the truth. He may not have been offered 17.5 million.

5 years 7 months ago

Pablo Sandoval is a shit bat? lol He’s a better hitter than anyone on the D backs including the strikeout king Mark Reynolds.

rattlersnake77
5 years 6 months ago

WELL!!!! DWAN WE MAY HAVE THE STRIKEOUT KING BUT??? HOW MANY HOME RUNS PABBLO SANDOVAL HAVE LAS SEASON?????

5 years 7 months ago

Doesn’t matter if you think the Giants’ bats are “shit bats,” cuz they are still going to have a better record than the D-Backs.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Sandoval is a pure hitter. If his career has longevity he has the makings of another Tony Gwynn.

5 years 7 months ago

The comparisons to Mad Vlad might be considered more apropos, given their free-swinging tendencies. I don’t know if we’ll EVER see another hitter like Tony Gwynn. In his 20-year career, Gwynn averaged about 30 strikeouts a season. That just doesn’t happen anymore.

5 years 7 months ago

The comparisons to Mad Vlad might be considered more apropos, given their free-swinging tendencies. I don’t know if we’ll EVER see another hitter like Tony Gwynn. In his 20-year career, Gwynn averaged about 30 strikeouts a season. That just doesn’t happen anymore.

rattlersnake77
5 years 6 months ago

ok?????

atlbraves312
5 years 7 months ago

If he was gonna earned at least 6-6.5 million dollars, and what you said comes true. Then I guess it’s a pretty smart move. But 4-5 millions dollars? Wow.

atlbraves312
5 years 7 months ago

If he was gonna earned at least 6-6.5 million dollars, and what you said comes true. Then I guess it’s a pretty smart move. But 4-5 millions dollars? Wow.

Since_77
5 years 7 months ago

Does this make Connor Jackson available? He had a down year in 2009 but I think he would be a solid platoon with Bret Gardner in left field for the Yankees.

peppp
5 years 7 months ago

3 years for a streaky hitter heh. lucky someone had the heart to give him a home after he turned down 2/17

TimotheusATL
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, lots of hate here, though I can’t say I’m surprised these days. Value pickup for the D-Backs, if the numbers being thrown around are correct, and gives Laroche the opportunity to try again when more teams will be looking for 1B. Also gives Laroche an opportunity to play in a hitter-friendly ballpark.

monroe_says
monroe_says
5 years 7 months ago

not hate, more like schadenfreude

DickAlmighty
5 years 7 months ago

Schadenfreude generally means finding joy at someone else’s pain or misery. If your definition of misery is making $4-6mm a year, I want to live in your world.

penpaper
5 years 7 months ago

How far away is Brandon Allen? Is there a possibility of getting the call early or is the only hope in 40 man expansion, if that???

jdub220
5 years 7 months ago

Unless he can pick up the ability to play second base or center field, he’s stuck in the minors until September. As a Dback fan, I’m really glad we picked LaRoche up. Sure, he stinks pretty bad for the first half of the year, but we’d have the same production without him, and he always rakes in the second half of the year. People have to understand the black hole for the Dbacks that’s been at first base for the last few years. This was my biggest concern for ’10.

Andy_B
5 years 7 months ago

Is there a reason players don’t want to play in San Fransisco, supposedly Bay didn’t want to go to San Fran either. I’ve never been there, and I hear the climate isn’t that great but still that 17 million was a lot of coin to turn down, and at least as far as talent goes I would think San Fran is a pretty desirable team to play for.

jdub220
5 years 7 months ago

Hitters don’t want to play there. It’s a pitcher’s paradise.

brewersfan
5 years 7 months ago

Still, it is Adam LaRoche, and he had no business turning down that money.

Having said that, the ball flies in Phoenix, and he can get some of that lost money back if he has a big year. A roll of the dice.

jdub220
5 years 7 months ago

I wasn’t arguing that. I agree, he should’ve taken the offer.

I was just answering his question.

5 years 7 months ago

It’s technically rated neutral. It’s just not a home run hitter’s ballpark, especially for left handers. But, because people want to pad their power numbers for bigger contracts, they’d rather play elsewhere. SF is a great city with great fans. Just ask Jeff Kent.

5 years 7 months ago

It’s technically rated neutral. It’s just not a home run hitter’s ballpark, especially for left handers. But, because people want to pad their power numbers for bigger contracts, they’d rather play elsewhere. SF is a great city with great fans. Just ask Jeff Kent.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 7 months ago

the climate is great… kills HRs for most of the year but it never gets too hot or warm.

PHXDynastyXHP
5 years 7 months ago

No, it gets too cold at AT&T, though.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 7 months ago

Cold? No SF never actually gets cold. Maybe its cold for the folks in California, but come out east in early spring and late fall and you start getting cold. Yankee Stadium was ripe for HRs this year up until the tempuratures dipped.

SF kills HRs because of the wind from the bay and the thickness of the air.

WeToddDid
5 years 7 months ago

It deflates homers a bit, but it’s nowhere near Petco, and definitely isn’t a pitche’s paradise. Last year it even played like a hitters park – check it out: link to espn.go.com . If players let park factors into their decisions, they should look at them better.

This just seems like a major gaffe by the agent.

PHXDynastyXHP
5 years 7 months ago

Funny thing is, LaRoche has raked at both Petco and AT&T.