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Pirates Trade Adam LaRoche To Red Sox For Argenis Diaz, Hunter Strickland

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The Red Sox have acquired first-baseman Adam LaRoche from the Pirates in exchange for Double-A shortstop Argenis Diaz and Single-A right-hander Hunter Strickland. It doesn't appear as if the Pirates have included any money in the deal, so this looks like a straight salary dump for the Buccos. The Sox give up a couple of fringe prospects for a left-handed bat off the bench who can spell Kevin Youkilis at first. LaRoche has some pop and a good eye at the plate.