Let's all take a step back a few months. á July 22, 2009: Boston Red Sox acquire 1B Adam LaRoche from the Pittsburgh Pirates for two prospects, neither big names. á July 31, 2009: Boston Red Sox acquire 1B Casey Kotchman from the Atlanta Braves for 1B Adam LaRoche. á At the time, most Sox fans thought of the LaRoche-Kotchman deal pretty much a steal for the Sox. á In Kotchman, we were supposedly going to get a better batting average and much better defense at a cheaper price. á In the batting part? áWe were dead wrong. á In 39 games with the Red Sox, Kotchman batted .218 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. á In six games with the Sox, LaRoche batted .263 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. á For Atlanta, he batted .325 with 12 HR and 40 RBI in 57 games and 212 AB. á And now the Sox are left looking for a 1B/ ...
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