Blue Jays Sign Andy LaRoche To Minor League Deal

Andy LaRoche - Rich Pilling

Andy LaRoche, 29 year old, right-handed hitter got a minor league contract from the Blue Jays with an invite to spring training. The Jays are listing him at 1B/3B, but he's only played 4 games at first in his career. He has played a bit of second and short in the majors, but I don't think that would happen again, unless serious bad things happened.

LaRoche took over the third base position for the Pirates in early August 2008 before they traded Jose Bautista to us in late August. The Pirates might not have made that trade if they didn't have LaRoche.

His major league numbers

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2007 23 LAD 35 93 16 21 5 0 1 10 2 1 20 24 .226 .365 .312 .677 78
2008 24 TOT 76 223 17 37 5 0 5 18 2 0 24 37 .166 .252 .256 .508 36
2008 24 LAD 27 59 6 12 1 0 2 6 0 0 10 7 .203 .319 .322 .641 71
2008 24 PIT 49 164 11 25 4 0 3 12 2 0 14 30 .152 .227 .232 .458 23
2009 25 PIT 150 524 64 135 29 5 12 64 3 1 50 84 .258 .330 .401 .731 94
2010 26 PIT 102 247 26 51 8 0 4 16 1 1 19 43 .206 .268 .287 .555 52
2011 27 OAK 40 93 10 23 6 1 0 5 0 0 8 19 .247 .320 .333 .654 82
5 Yrs 403 1180 133 267 53 6 22 113 8 3 121 207 .226 .305 .337 .642 72
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2013.

It's a fine depth move, it gives Buffalo another good bat. The Jays want the Bisons to do well this year, they only have a two year contract with Buffalo, so they might need a decent season to get them to extend the deal.

Also, as noted in the fanpost, Sam Dyson has been picked up by the Marlins off waivers. I dislike giving up Dyson to get DeRosa but that's the way it is. Not that I thought a lot of Dyson, but letting him go off waivers seems a waste.

Added: Last year LaRoche hit .251 with 23 home runs and 41 RBI in 96 Triple-A games shared between Columbus (Cleveland) and Pawtucket (Boston).

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