LaRoche deal is completed
ATLANTA — The Braves have completed a deal that brings Adam LaRoche back to Atlanta to serve as their first baseman.
Just before Friday afternoon’s Trade Deadline, the Red Sox agreed to send LaRoche to the Braves in exchange for Casey Kotchman.
LaRoche, who was acquired by the Red Sox in July 22 trade with the Pirates, has hit .248 with 13 homers and a .446 slugging percentage this year. He hit a career-high 32 homers with the Braves in 2006 and was traded to Pittsburgh during the following offseason in exchange for Mike Gonzalez.
With LaRoche, the Braves receive the power that Kotchman wasn’t able to consistently provide until recently. He’s hit eight homers since debuting with the Braves on July 30, 2008 and four of them have come this month.
The Braves will receive cash considerations from the Red Sox.