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Posts tagged ‘Adam LaRoche’

Roster Moves – Protection Deadline

February 1st is the deadline for submitting Protected Rosters for the upcoming season.  Players not being protected will then be released back into the player pool:


  • Atomic Roadrunners receive:
    • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25, 2 years)
  • Shoeless Jews receive:
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers ($27, 2 years)

Protect for 2011:

  • C Buster Posey, Giants ($1)
  • 1B Prince Fielder, Brewers ($29)
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($31)
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($35)
  • OF Hunter Pence, Astros ($26)
  • OF Drew Stubbs, Reds ($5)
  • OF Jose Tabata, Pirates ($5)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($5)
  • SP Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks ($2)
  • SP Edinson Volquez, Reds ($2)
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($5)
  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12)


  • 1B Adam LaRoche, $25 (Nationals)
  • 2B Brandon Phillips, $32 (Reds)
  • 3B Casey Blake, $5 (Dodgers)
  • OF Marlon Byrd, $9 (Cubs)
  • OF Roger Bernadina, $5 (Nationals)
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, $5 Minors (Dodgers)
  • RP Aroldis Chapman, $11 (Reds)
  • SP Randy Wells, $7 (Cubs)
  • SP Wade LeBlanc, $5 (Padres)
  • RP Tyler Clippard, $5 (Nationals)


  • Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain ($13) was traded to the Royals on December 19th, 2010 as a part of a multi-player trade that netted the Brewers SP Zach Greinke.
  • The protected list leaves the Roadrunners with $193 in protected salary, with $67 available for 9 players, for an average of $7.44 per player.

Nationals Sign LaRoche to Two-Year Contract

Nationals signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $16 million contract with a $10 million option for 2013. The money is outrageous, but the Nationals have to overpay some free agents to convince them to join the organization, which hasn’t had much success recently and could be several years from competing. LaRoche batted .261/.320/.468 with 25 home runs and reached the 100 RBI plateau for the first time in his career last season with the Diamondbacks. He probably won’t match that success this year in the nation’s capital, but coming close would make him relevant in most fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)

Lee Signs with Baltimore; Nats Targeting LaRoche

Jon Paul Morosi of says there is “confidence growing on both sides” that Adam LaRoche and the Nationals will agree on a contract. Now that Derrek Lee is off the board, an agreement looks like a foregone conclusion. Last we heard, the two sides were discussing a two-year deal worth between $8-9 million per season. LaRoche, 31, batted .261/.320/.468 with 25 homers and 100 RBI with the Diamondbacks last season. He would replace Adam Dunn at first base and as a left-handed bat in the Nats’ lineup. (Rotoworld /

Nationals Offer LaRoche Two-Year Contract

The Nationals have offered free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche a two-year deal, according to William Ladson of LaRoche is running out of options quickly and would be wise to take this one. He reportedly left a three-year, $21 million offer from the Orioles on the table and Baltimore filled its vacancy at first by signing Derek Lee on Friday. The Cubs and Padres also reportedly had interest earlier this offseason, but both have signed veteran first baseman this offseason. The 31-year-old LaRoche registered a pedestrian .261/.320/.468 line this past year in Arizona’s power-friendly Chase Field, but he did smack 25 home runs and posted a career-high 100 RBI. (Rotoworld / William Ladson on Twitter)

Baltimore Orioles Offer LaRoche Three-Year Deal

According to Jen Royle of MASN, the Orioles’ offer to Adam LaRoche may be in the three-year, $21 million range. This is an update to a previous report where Royle said the proposal was worth $16-$18 million. That first number seemed too big, and this second one seems crazy. LaRoche slugged 25 home runs in Arizona this year while collecting a career-high 100 RBI, but he still had a 788 OPS. If his career is indeed trending downward, he will not be worth the sizable investment. (Rotoworld / Jen Royle on Twitter)

Sneaky Good in the Senior Circuit – from BP

Baseball Prospectus’ Eric Seidman listed several Roadrunners in this feature, that takes a look back at some players who will not be regaled with hardware but who performed admirably under the radar in 2010.

Starting Pitcher

Ian Kennedy (4.2 WARP): The Diamondbacks turned Max Scherzer into Edwin Jackson and Kennedy and flipped Jackson to the White Sox for Dan Hudson and prospects. All told, they ended up with two very solid starters under team control for six years apiece. Kennedy relies on command and control, and unlike in his brief tenure with the Yankees, both of those attributes were on display last season. In addition to keeping the ball on the ground, he even began striking hitters out at a rate far exceeding expectations.

Relief Pitcher

John Axford: Axford stepped into the closer position when it became evident that Trevor Hoffman had virtually nothing left in the tank. In 50 games, the mustachioed man produced an impressive 3.85 WXRL that ranked eighth in the league. He allowed just one home run, which certainly helped given he was no stranger to the free pass.

Sean Marshall: Carlos Marmol hogged most of the headlines in Chicago last year as far as relievers went, but Marshall, a failed southpaw starter, held the opposition in check and fell just behind Lidge with a 2.78 WXRL. His strikeout rate soared to 29.3 percent and he kept the ball in the yard as well. Still under team control and only 28 years old, he could help stabilize an up-and-down bullpen.

First Base

Prince Fielder (5.0 WARP): This was probably the toughest position to find a sneaky-good player given that it broke down into two distinct groups—the Albert Pujolses and the Adam LaRoche Clones. In one corner we had the stat demons who were publicized all season. In the other corner stood the first basemen whose numbers were not as solid given the context of the position. Fielder sort of fell in between both groups as he topped a .400 OBP for the second straight year, and despite dropping off by .131 with his slugging percentage, he put up a .316 TAv.

Third Base

Chase Headley (4.0 WARP): Headley didn’t get much notoriety last season, in large part because his unadjusted numbers were not terribly impressive, but they translated well given the league average and his park. He also added solid defense. He isn’t going to blossom into the next David Wright or Ryan Zimmerman, but he provides a very cost-effective option for a team hoping to remain a playoff contender on a shoestring budget.


Drew Stubbs (5.3 WARP): Jay Bruce gets most of the attention in the Reds outfield, but Stubbs really put together a solid season in his own right. He launched 22 home runs and stole 30 bases en route to a .284 TAv, adding decent defense in center field. His OBP last season does not belie his ability to take a walk, primarily due to the fact that he strikes out so frequently. Figuring out a way to reduce those empty swinging ABs will catapult him from a solid player to a great player. However, as we have seen time and time again, this is not as easy as turning a switch on or off.

Roster Moves – 2010 End-of-Season

Following each WBRL season, all non-protectable players are released back into the player pool, and reserved players not eligible for protection in the minor leagues are promoted to the active roster:


  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • 1B Adam LaRoche
  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • 3B Casey Blake

Released / WBRL contract expired:

  • 1B Albert Pujols
  • 3B Chase Headley
  • SP Josh Johnson
  • SP Clayton Kershaw
  • SP Johnny Cueto

Released / Signed After Protection Deadline:

  • C A.J. Ellis
  • 2B Jonathan Herrera
  • SS Angel Sanchez
  • OF Cameron Maybin

Released / Non-Protectable Due to AL-NL Trade:

  • SP Dan Hudson

Remaining in Minors:

  • OF Trayvon Robinson

Roster Moves – Week 24 – September 14th, 2010

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SS Angel Sanchez, Astros ($0 bid) – Active at MI


  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Drew Stubbs (to UT)
  • SP Edinson VolquezCMCM
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • SP Ian Kennedy


  • UT Albert Pujols (to CM)


  • CM Adam LaRoche
  • MI Brooks Conrad
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Josh Johnson


  • MI Geoff Blum


  • The Marlins have shut down SP Josh Johnson for the 2010 season. He has an inflamed shoulder and a pulled back muscle, and he missed a throwing session over the weekend.  Since Johnson’s WBRL contract expires after this season, I guess it’s goodbye.
  • Hitting roster moves for this week were made purely on a batting average and stolen base basis.  So LaRoche (who contributes only in HR and RBI and is slumping a bit) goes to the bench for the first time in 2010.  Similarly, slumping 3B Chase Headley gets activated over similarly-slumping Casey Blake, due to Blake’s lack of mobility.
  • The only other team to make FAAB pickups, second-place Get Off Kong!, picked up former 2010 Roadrunner Luis Durango of the Padres.
  • Contingent selections for Sanchez were Colorado’s Jonathan Herrera (previously on the 2010 Roadrunners), and Cubs’ MI Darwin Barney.

LaRoche Homers Twice Against Cardinals

Adam LaRoche hit a pair of solo homers Saturday in the win over the Cardinals. LaRoche has had as many two-homer games as one-homer games this season. And he has nine homers in all. So, how many of each type has he had? Don’t forget to show your work. (Rotoworld)

LaRoche Back in Lineup for Monday Night

Adam LaRoche (quad) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Monday, the D-Backs’ official site reports. With Conor Jackson (hamstring) likely to miss the game, getting LaRoche back following a four-game absence from the starting lineup would be a nice boost for the D-Backs. LaRoche struck out as a pinch-hitter to end Sunday’s game. (Rotowire)