Pirates land LaRoche in four-player trade

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Adam LaRoche ... bound for Pittsburgh.  

The Pirates have reached agreement with the Atlanta Braves on a four-player trade that will bring first baseman Adam LaRoche in exchange for closer Mike Gonzalez, and swap two Class A prospects.

Shortstop Brent Lillibridge, one of the Pirates' most promising prospects, will go to Atlanta, and the Braves will send Class A outfielder Jamie Romak.

The transaction is pending physicals and neither team will comment until those are complete, but multiple sources provided confirmation.

LaRoche, 27, batted .285 with 32 home runs and 90 RBIS last season. For his career, he has a .274 average, 65 home runs and 213 RBIs in 400 games.

Gonzalez, 28, converted all 24 save opportunities and had a 2.17 ERA last season in his first full year as the Pirates' closer.

Lillibridge, 23, split last season between Class A Hickory and Lynchburg, he batted .305 with 13 home runs, 71 RBIs and 58 steals.

Romak, 21, batted .247 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs for Class A Rome.

The Pirates had been trying to land LaRoche for two months. They nearly had a deal at Major League Baseball's winter meetings in early December, but Atlanta backed out.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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