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clock Jan 17, 2007 6:10 pm US/Eastern
Pirates Make A Major Trade
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH KDKA-TV Sports has learned that the Pirates are finally going to get the left-handed power bat they have been looking for.
The Pirates and Atlanta Braves have agreed in principal to a deal that would send closer Mike Gonzalez and a minor league pitcher to Atlanta for 27 year old Adam LaRoche.
KDKA's Bob Pompeani reports LaRoche is a solid defensive player but, most of all, he's the kind of left-handed bat that could make him a prolific home run hitter at PNC Park.
Last year, he had 32 home runs and 90 runs batted in.
LaRoche is going through arbitration for the first time.
In fact, the Braves have offered him $2.8 million for this year, but LaRoche wants $3.7 million.
The deal is pending a physical for both LaRoche and Gonzalez.
But LaRoche, if everything goes well from that standpoint, will become the Pirates' everyday first-baseman.
The Braves had wanted one of the Pirates' starters, specifically Paul Maholm.
Our sources indicate the Pirates will give the Braves a minor-league pitcher instead.
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