Braves pull trade offer from Pirates

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Pirates' proposed trade with Atlanta -- closer Mike Gonzalez to the Braves for first baseman Adam LaRoche -- was quashed tonight.

Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz pulled his offer off the table sometime after 6 p.m., then turned his attention toward another trade with the Seattle Mariners, also for a left-handed reliever, Rafael Soriano.

The Braves accused the Pirates of taking too long to decide on the deal. The Pirates say the Braves were wary about Gonzalez's health. He had tendinitis in his left elbow that cost him the final five weeks of the 2006 season.

LaRoche, 27, batted .285 with 32 home runs and 90 RBIs.

Major League Baseball's four-day winter meetings conclude tomorrow, and the Pirates have yet to make a move.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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