Side-stepping arbitration, first baseman Adam LaRoche -- whose first name is actually David -- agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, with his eye still set on a multi-year deal.
Traded by the Atlanta Braves last season for reliever Mike Gonzalez, LaRoche batted .272 with 21 home runs and 88 RBIs overall. After a horrible start where his average dropped to .191 in late May, he bounced back to hit .326 over the final 77 games of the season.
The Bucs have four players who are still eligible for arbitration, including second baseman Freddy Sanchez, third baseman Jose Bautista, outfielder Xavier Nady, and lefty John Grabow.
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