Adam LaRoche and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration by signing a one year deal worth just over $7M for 2009. He escapes team control at the end of this season, and will become a free agent in 2010. LaRoche, reached for comment, was shockingly ambivalent - almost melancholy - when asked about his feelings towards the upcoming free agency and chance for a life outside of the oppressive, destitute, and depressing Pirates. "I don't think I could make it on the outside... I'm an institutional man now, just like Brooks was." When informed of our opinion that he was underestimating himself, and that the Angels may still be in the market for a 1st Baseman after losing and failing to replace Teixeira this year, LaRoche insisted "I don't think so. I mean, [on the Pirates] I'm an offensive juggernaut, sure, but outside all you need is Ty Wigginton. Hell, I wouldn't even know where to begin. The Pacific Ocean? Shit, about scare me to death, something that big."
We interview Adam LaRoche (left) on the Pittsburgh infield.