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Andy LaRoche


He has been talked about a little in the Prince Fielder trade stuff. How about giving him his own topic though. He looks perfect on paper in some ways. If Gamel can't cut it at 3B I think we need someone because I just don't Bill Hall is that guy. Blake DeWitt is up for the Dodgers and hitting really well. LaRoche is someone the whose name has been floated around in other rumors for the Dodgers. LaRoche is a terrific OBP guy. He has had an OBP near or above .400 the last three years in the minors and has shown a little pop.

What would it take to get him? What would the Dodgers look for in return? We have some outfield prospects or Bill Hall. He could do multiple things for them on the infield.

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I don't think we have any pieces to trade for LaRoche. The Dodgers have a lot of players who they have that can ply the OF with Kemp and Ethier. The only other spot Hall could take would be 2B if the Dodgers believe this is Kent's last year.

 

I'm not sure we have anything the Dodgers would be interested in to trade LaRoche for.

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I agree with both sides of this debate. LaRoche is someone the Brewers should target if DeWitt keeps on keeping on. It'll hurt LaRoche's trade value and we might be able to swing a bargain depending on what the Dodgers' needs are. Needs can change, but right now the fit doesn't seem to be there.
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What are to Dodgers needs to begin with? They seem to have pitching depth with Penny, Billingsly, Lowe, Kuroda and Kershaw on the way. I guess they could use a 4/5 until Kershaw comes. They have a nice bullpen. They are set at C, 1B, 3B, and in the OF with Either, Kemp, Jones and Pierre. They could use improvement there but Pierre and Jones have big contracts and are there for a while.

 

Since Furcal and Kent are FA their needs would be SS or 2B after this year, assuming they are not signed. SP may be a need with Lowe being a FA. Penny has an option that will be picked up.

So all we really have for them is Weeks, Hardy, Hall or Escobar. Obviously, I would love to deal Hall and he could be their 2B or SS, but I dont think he has a ton of trade value right now. Although this is the Dodgers.

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I believe LaRoche was nicked up in spring training, and that's why he didn't make the team. DeWit might be the more available guy.

LaRoche was hurt but has actually played 20 minor league games since coming back. I think since DeWitt is hitting they are letting LaRoche stay at AAA. I guess I would go for the one that is easier to trade for since DeWitt is a lefty which fits our needs and LaRoche is a great OBP guy which fits our needs.

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