Andy LaRoche, Delwyn Young Elect Free Agency

Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young elected free agency today after clearing outright waivers, MLBTR has learned.  LaRoche, Young, and Zach Duke were designated for assignment by the Pirates ten days ago, with Duke being traded to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

MLBTR pegged all three as non-tender candidates on November 2nd, so infielders LaRoche and Young are just reaching free agency a few days early.  Both former Dodgers prospects struggled to hit at the Major League level, but they're on the right side of 30 and can play multiple positions.


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37 Comments on "Andy LaRoche, Delwyn Young Elect Free Agency"


4 years 8 months ago

Yay for the Dodgers prospects that failed with other teams!!!

Only a couple more years until Tim posts the same thing about Blake DeWitt.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

and Carlos Santana…?

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

I think you forgot James Macdonald too.

Pirates fans are pretty excited to see him in the 2011 rotation.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

I think you forgot James Macdonald too.

Pirates fans are pretty excited to see him in the 2011 rotation.

4 years 8 months ago

These guys will be heavily sought after..

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

Are you Andy Laroche’s brother?

He was horrible last year! He shows no upside in power or bat speed, I’m really glad I won’t see him ground into anymore inning ending double plays.

Young, on the other hand, will be sought after as a pinch hitter.

vtadave
4 years 8 months ago

Uh pretty sure your sarcasm detector is on the fritz…

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

My sarcasm is functioning better than Andy Laroche’s hand-eye coordination.

But with sarcasm, they will be heavily sought after.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

My sarcasm is functioning better than Andy Laroche’s hand-eye coordination.

But with sarcasm, they will be heavily sought after.

rootman1010
4 years 8 months ago

who will have a better future in the MLB? i’m guessing it’s young given his versatility and ability to switch hit…

coachofall
4 years 8 months ago

Laroche will wind up in Oakland

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

Every Oakland fan says every free agent is gonna end up in Oakland. Quiet.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Not really. A’s fans are actually some of the most knowledgeble fans out there, and I like the idea of Andy LaRoche on the A’s, but I like him on the Orioles, Marlins, Jays, Indians, or Royals on a minor league deal as well.

coachofall
4 years 8 months ago

actually not an A’s fan sorry Jay guy! Reference was to the fact that Billy Beane has been trying to acquire this guy for the last 5 years. Now he can have him for free

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

coachafall is correct. Beane inquired about Laroche back in January, but the Pirates demanded both Ryan Sweeney and Gio Gonzalez in a trade.

Because back then, he actually showed some upside in power and contact.

jaysfan702
4 years 8 months ago

I wouldnt want to play for the pirates ether

Breeno
4 years 8 months ago

And nobody wants to play in Canada, most players actually enjoy their time in Pittsburgh, the most livable city.

4 years 8 months ago

pittsburgh is awesome and PNC Park is awesomer. hopefully the FO sticks to their plan and does it the right way.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 8 months ago

Octavio Dotel didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh!!

4 years 8 months ago

Someone will take a flier on LaRoche’s upside. He was a top-20 prospect in all of baseball at one time. I’d take him with the Braves if he’d accept a MiLB deal.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Completely agree…He’ll definetly get the chance to win a job and may get many chances.

T Morgan
4 years 8 months ago

I like this idea too, if he pans out then great, but if not, there isn’t much risk involved.

rootman1010
4 years 8 months ago

laroche seems like a dallas mcpherson minus the injuries… solid third base prospect that can’t make it work in the majors

Gumby65
4 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see Delyn Young back in LA to take Podsenik’s place (not necessarily in the starting lineup, unless they plan on going into 2011 w/o a new true LF) to split time with Gibbons

rootman1010
4 years 8 months ago

when will trayvon robinson be ready to hold down a starting spot in the LAD outfield?

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

2012 at the very earliest. Probably 2013.

stl_cards16
4 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see the Cardinals take a chance with Laroche. With not knowing how Freese will bounce back from injuries, Laroche seems like a good insurance policy.

4 years 8 months ago

Completely agree! We were interested in him last season before we realized he didn’t look like that big of an upgrade over what we had. LOL Go get him Mo!!!

skoz
4 years 8 months ago

I’d actually rather the Cards see if Young shows them flashes…

ThinkBlue311
4 years 8 months ago

They say Trayvon Robinson is one more season away from getting to the Big’s.

Ian_Smell
4 years 8 months ago

I really hate to see DY go. He was one of my favorite players and it’s too bad that he couldn’t stick as a starter. He is a great pinch hitter but does not belong with a glove.

Breeno
4 years 8 months ago

I hope to see Andy get a spring training invite from the bucs, such a great guy…his bro can come too!

4 years 8 months ago

Said it last time LaRoche came up on here, I’ll say it again. I think my Indians should at least think about him for a 1 year deal. At least until they feel Chisenhall is ready to take over there. Just sign him as a stopgap, he can’t be any worse than the three headed monster that was there last year…

gamehawk
4 years 8 months ago

They both will end up signing 1 yr deals somewhere. Too many teams out there will see the upside to a bounceback year.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

I would like the Yanks to try and sign Young to a minor lge deal. They should give him a shot to win the 4th OF position and if he doesn’t then stash him in AAA because or system has very little depth in terms of OF’ers. The fact that he can play 2B as well is a plus.

zartan
4 years 8 months ago

Andy LaRoche is a bad baseball player. Bad as in bad.. not “Baaaad”.

4 years 8 months ago

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