The Red Sox Acquire First Baseman Adam LaRoche

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 22, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Adam LaRoche #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates plays the field against the New York Mets on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

MLB Trade Rumors has reported that the Boston Red Sox have acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Pittsburgh PiratesPittsburgh acquired two prospects, Argenis Diaz and Hunter Strickland.

LaRoche is known as a great second-half hitter with the Pirates, hitting .323 in the second half of 2006, .312 in the second half of 2007, and .304 in the second half of 2008, with some pretty decent second half power numbers, as well.

LaRoche is currently hitting .247 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI.

LaRoche's best season was 2006, with the Atlanta Braves, in which he belted 32 home runs, hit .285 and knocked in 90 RBI—all career highs.

Diaz is a great defensive shortstop, currently with AA Portland. This season with Portland, Diaz is hitting .253 with no home runs and 24 RBI.

Strickland is a pitcher currently with the Low-A Greenvile. This season, Strickland is 5-4 with a 3.46 ERA with one save.

You might expect more from the Red Sox for Adam LaRoche. But he is just a rent-a-player.