Great move by the Sox. Two marginal prospects for a proven left-handed bat. This provides depth, allowing Papi and Lowell to get them time off without sacrificing offense. Also, LaRoche is good with he glove. Looking forward to seeing him play.
The Giants really should have made a play for LaRoche as their needs are more dramatic than the Red Sox. Also, given the price, they could've afforded it. Of course, it seems like we get a special Pirates discount in our trades with them these days, so maybe not.