Man, the Pirates trade another veteran. Adam LaRoche is really gonna bitch about this. Oh wait . . .
12:12 p.m.: LaRoche has been traded to the Boston Red Sox. No word on return yet. Still no official word of any kind from the team.
12:46 p.m.: Strange, but LaRoche is still sitting in the Pirates’ dugout during the game. Hard to tell if he has a uniform on because he is wearing a jacket over the jersey, but he is wearing a Pirates cap. Could be that the Pirates are awaiting paperwork to be completed.
Take the hint, Adam! Leave the dugout.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader Randy for the heads up on the return for La Roche:
According to multiple baseball sources, the Pirates will receive shortstop Argenis Diaz and pitcher Hunter Strickland when the deal is finalized. Diaz is known as a gifted defensive player, but there are questions about his bat. The 22-year-old Diaz is hitting .253/.309/.310 with Double-A Portland this year. Strickland, an 18th round pick in 2007, is 5-4 with a 3.35 ERA for the Greenville Drive of the Single-A South Atlantic League this year. The 6-foot-5 20-year-old has shown excellent command for the Drive, with a 51-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 83.1 innings this year.
I guess Strickland sounds interesting, but when you’re unloading a slow-of-foot, intermittently disgruntled soon-to-be free agent making $7 million, you take whatever is offered.