Indians Sign Andy LaRoche

The Indians have signed Andy LaRoche to a minor league contract, the team announced (via Twitter). The deal includes an invitation to big league camp.

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported over the weekend that the Indians were in talks with both LaRoche and Mike Cameron. While the Tribe missed out on Cameron, who agreed to sign a contract with the Nationals, they'll bring LaRoche into the fold to provide depth and injury insurance. GM Chris Antonetti said LaRoche will compete for a spot on the Major League roster, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian (Twitter link).

LaRoche, 28, has posted a career slash line of just .226/.305/.337 in parts of five Major League seasons, including a .654 OPS in 104 plate appearances for Oakland in 2011. However, he was long considered a top prospect, having ranked among Baseball America's top 20 prior to both the 2006 and 2007 seasons.


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11 Comments on "Indians Sign Andy LaRoche"


3 years 7 months ago

Indians are just racking up the firepower. Felix Pie, Cunningham, Jose Lopez, Andy Laroche taking the Columbus Clippers to the promise land!

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

where has this guy been?

selw0nk
3 years 7 months ago

He was with the A’s last season but sent him down to the minors.

Mike Mark Sopp
3 years 7 months ago

Why?

Henduck
3 years 7 months ago

Minor league infield depth.  

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

Poor Andy. He will probably be remembered for only one thing, and it won’t be his sparkling on-field performance.

Oilcanoworms
3 years 7 months ago

Ohh, Andy. Get busy livin or get busy dyin…

mgsports
3 years 7 months ago

Some could make the Indians Bench

Gumby65
3 years 7 months ago

How the fallen has fallen (further)

3 years 7 months ago

If Andy does not make it this time around — the PA or West Virginia softball beer leagues are the next stop.

3 years 7 months ago

If the Indians sign anyone else this offseason it should be Scott Kazmir. If he could figure himself out again then he would be a great pickup.