Adam LaRoche wasn’t in Boston long. With the team having acquired Victor Martinez, reports are that LaRoche has been dealt to Atlanta in exchange for Casey Kotchman, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports (click here for the story).
I hope you didn’t give up on LaRoche after he was dealt to the Red Sox, as he suddenly has solid fantasy value once again. Always known as a second half player, the Braves are going to look to him to provide some pop in the middle of their line-up, giving him an opportunity to pick up significant RBI. LaRoche had his biggest year in Atlanta back in 2006, when he hit .285 with 32 HR and 90 RBI before trading him to Pittsburgh in exchange for Mike Gonzalez. He has driven in 85 RBI or more in each of the past three seasons and despite being at 43 currently, has the potential to reach that threshhold once again.
He is worth owning in all formats, especially if you need some power from a corner infield slot.
As for Kotchman, he didn’t have much value to begin with, as he offered little power from a position that fantasy owners need it from. He goes to Boston to be a back-up player, meaning if you need the roster spot, feel free to let him go.
What do you think about the deal? How viable is LaRoche now?