Braves never approached LaRoche about a return

Adam LaRoche, another former Braves playing now in Arizona, didn’t get the chance to re-sign with Atlanta in the offseason. A fact that did leave him a little puzzled.

The Braves re-acquired the first baseman last season but did not offer him a contract over the winter. The Braves instead signed Troy Glaus to play first.

“The only shock was I really thought I would have an opportunity to come back here,” LaRoche said before a start of a three-game series with the Braves. “As far as another team perhaps calling with two or three years [contract offer] or something, but as far as a year or two [contract offer] I thought there was a pretty good chance when I left that I’d be back in Atlanta. They went in a different direction. I’m not looking back.

“I didn’t really get involved in the negotiations for the first few weeks or few months. I was just kind of waiting to hear from Atlanta, possibly Boston, to see what some of the offers might be from places I’ve been. Then when I heard Atlanta was out, that’s when we went on and starting making some calls or returning some calls to go in a different direction. … I can’t say it wasn’t a sad day. I was in a little bit of shock that nothing was going to happen, even in the negotiation process.”

The  left-handed batter signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks after hitting .277 for Atlanta, Boston and Pittsburgh last season with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs.

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usnavyvolfaninva

May 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

I’m happy for Adam… hope his success in AZ holds up.

Scott

May 15th, 2010
6:57 pm

Yeah, that decision’s worked out really well for the Braves.

michaelprick

May 15th, 2010
7:08 pm

Actually Glaus and LaRoche are pretty even

Glaus: 261 Avg. 4 HR .355 OBP .387 SLG

LaRoche: 246 Avg. 4 HR .346 OBP .456 SLG

elliott

May 15th, 2010
7:27 pm

I miss LaRoche. Frank Wren not giving him an offer was a bad choice. Glaus might be good, but not as consistent as Roachy. I know for a fact Cox loves Roachy too. Wren not offering LaRoche a deal was just another fail for wren.

D.S.

May 15th, 2010
7:30 pm

Unfortunately I can’t cite specific examples, but I’ve noticed a disturbing trend since Wren took over. This is not the first time I’ve heard about the Braves not contacting a player or his agent if they have difficult news to deliver, such as last winter with LaRoche. I can only hope someone involved isn’t telling the truth, because it’s rude and it’s just plain bad business. It also makes Wren look like a little wussy boy that doesn’t man up and do the decent thing when a situation is unpleasant.

dave

May 15th, 2010
7:48 pm

Didn’t LaRoche’s agent float the idea that Adam was looking for a 3 year/$30M contract? The Braves didn’t want to spend that much money. What were they supposed to do? Go to the agent and say “We want Adam back for $4M a year?” The only reason Adam signed for so cheap was because everyone else balked at $30M. After everyone said “No”, they had to settle for the best offer.

Bob in SF

May 15th, 2010
7:52 pm

I agree with dave; LaRoche’s agent said he was looking 30 mill/3 years and the Braves weren’t going to block (much cheaper) Freddie Freeman for at least two years with a streaky hitter who lets his attention wander on defense and on the base paths. Also the lineup would have been very lefty heavy with LaRoche. Adam is a nice player but he has journeyman stamped all over his career.

Zack

May 15th, 2010
9:02 pm

Yes, although the talks were true about his agent suggesting 3yr./$30mil., the Frank Wren and the Braves did not seem to make ANY effort to negotiate some kind of deal. We risked a whole lot by going with Glaus and not sticking with someone who we know will be consistent over time. Plus, Glaus has performed better than in previous years, but his streaky bat may cause problems later in the season, especially if we expect to be playoff-bound.

jim

May 15th, 2010
10:35 pm

Hey Dumb O’Brien, you left out one important detail (intentionally, I’m sure, since you’re not a real journalist) — LAROCHE’S 2010 SALARY IS $4.5 MILLION AND GLAUS’ IS ONLY $1.75 MILLION!!! Sorry to interrupt, “DOB.” You can go back to your John Prine albums and joint-smoking sessions, stupid hippy.

MarkTwain

May 15th, 2010
10:40 pm

I congratulate Frank Wren for not being used as a bargaining chip after his agent asked for an asinine amount of money. If someone is asking $30,000 for a car and you don’t think its worth more than $5000, you move to the next lot unless you enjoy wasting time. I’m so glad I don’t have to watch that pathetic loser at 1st this year. You don’t honestly think he’d lose any sleep over the current team record? At least Glaus looked visibly annoyed when he got booed earlier this season.

MarkTwain

May 15th, 2010
10:42 pm

Wow Jim. You’re among friends here. Feel free to tell us what you really think.

Chumper the Ironman

May 15th, 2010
10:45 pm

Wren’s cost cutting is not really working out. I am not going to drop big bucks to see major leaguers bat .150 and drop fly balls. Good players aren’t cheap, and some expensive players are necessarily good.

alphadawg

May 15th, 2010
10:47 pm

Ummm, Jim – Dude, lighten up Francis. did you notice that this article is written by Chris Vivlamore and not DOB.??…

DHD

May 15th, 2010
10:58 pm

Former Brave article alert. These AJC reporters just love talking about players who are no longer here. I guess there is NO news concerning the current players. Did we just call up a player? Did a player go in the DL? Did one just come off the DL? Did we send a guy down?

Ray

May 15th, 2010
11:07 pm

If Wren had dialogue with LaRoche’s agent, he could have found out what he was willing to accept to return. The end result is we get nothing for him. We got him for Kotchman who we received as part of the Teixeira disaster. The Teixeira deal was bad enough already and this made it even worse.

Michael Procton

May 15th, 2010
11:08 pm

Yeah, DHD. All of those items have been mentioned in AJC production.

Reid Adair

May 16th, 2010
12:03 am

Another brilliant move by Frank Wren. To think, he told everyone that Troy Glaus, Eric Hinske and Melky Cabrera were going to improve the offensive woes from 2009. I guess he was right – if by improve he actually meant make worse.

DawgBoi

May 16th, 2010
12:19 am

Why throw Hinske in there? He’s actually producing.

Tmac

May 16th, 2010
12:23 am

Not surprising at all that LaRoche wasn’t offered a contract. Because FW and the Braves front office was and is completely desperate to finalize their roster before Dec. 1. Adam was looking for a long negotiation to get as much money as he could. This falls in line with trading Javier Vasquez for sorry M. Cabrerra cause they “had to get rid of a starting pitcher”. This is a pattern of the new Braves. Setting their roster ASAP and screw the fans for what they want.

This pattern has been the way of the Braves way for the last 5-6 years. Not coincidentally, they have not made the playoffs the last 4 years…and most likely 5 after this year.

QUESTION: was it reported or said by FW that the Braves had offered LaRoche a contract? Now, that would be a story!

why???

May 16th, 2010
12:27 am

Why would you rather have ‘Roachy’, who is traditionally horrible in the first half of the season? Yeah, three weeks ago he looked like an All Star and Glaus looked lost. I do believe I posted several times to give Glaus some time. Missing most of a year messes up your timing. Now, Glaus looks pretty good compared to ‘Zone Out’ LaRoche. And, as several posters have stated, ‘Roachy’ made it pretty clear of his desire for a multi year contract at 10m or so per. Back off of Wren, he’s doing pretty decent work with a limited payroll and no maneuvering room from our lovely owners at Liberty Media.

DawgBoi

May 16th, 2010
12:28 am

Wren has honestly made all the right moves since he took over. He hasn’t traded away the farm and we still have a good young team that is only about 5 games out of both races with over 125 games left to play. We have a lot of the right pieces including an absolute superstar in J-Hey. He is one of the top 10 hitters in the NL already. We will start seeing the wins. If Wren is going to make a move it will be at the 50 game mark of the season. That is traditionally the time when Bobby knows exactly what kind of team he has. I bet the Braves will start to heat up with the weather. And they are drawing well this year. Lots of excitement at the games thanks mostly to J-Hey and it being Bobby’s final year. Look for the Braves to be in the Hunt for October come fall. Just have faith.

RHR

May 16th, 2010
12:30 am

Didn’t LaRoche’s agent float the idea that Adam was looking for a 3 year/$30M contract?

He did. Like right away he put that number out there and I really don’t understand why people keep asking him about this nor do I understand why Adam is surprised Atlanta didn’t offer him anything after he floated that 3 years/31 mil number.

why???

May 16th, 2010
12:30 am

Tmac, you have noticed, I’m sure, that the Yanks have moved Vasquez out of the rotation. His pattern of a nice year followed by a sub par year is continuing this year. He had never had a season like last year until last year. FW was simply playing the percentages. Worked out so far. Having said that, I still wish we could have traded Lowe or Kawa-Bombi. I think had we waited until spring training and teams’ needing arms to replace injuries, we could have.

BravesFan79

May 16th, 2010
2:48 am

Relax everyone, its just Jim’s time of the month… my girlfriend goes thru it everymonth also.

yogi b

May 16th, 2010
3:24 am

Laroche’s agents tried to hold the Braves hostage wanting 30 million
for a mediocre ball player. I think Troy Glaus is a better hitter and
does not cost a fortune. we need to sign Glaus for another year

avocado

May 16th, 2010
5:44 am

A good example of Wren the Wrecker at work, and it’s a one man job.

boottheballbob

May 16th, 2010
8:04 am

Asleep at the wheel Bobby. HamstrungChipper. Fatass Troy. Can’thitNate. BoybandYunel. JourneymanInfante. SlowmoeMatty … Its deja vue all over again. Thanks to FW for returning the Braves to the 1970s.

Brent

May 16th, 2010
8:47 am

Reid Adair…
You must know nothing about braves baseball. The only thing you said true was that Cabrera is slumping. But Hinske and Glaus??
Hinske has made it to the World Series 3 years in a row, plus he is batting .340 with a slugging % of .532.
Glaus is on a tear in may: he is batting better than his career average, and he has more RBI than chipper and McCann combined. Come on dude, don’t talk when you don’t know what your talking about.

spider

May 16th, 2010
9:26 am

it doesnt matter, they both throw their trash on the dugout floor like the rest of the pigs in pro baseball…please go spend your money on h.s. and college baseball, too heck with these pro pigs

SLBReb

May 16th, 2010
10:39 am

There is a reason why Adam costs more than Glaus. Adam is a great fielder and will hit 25 homers while Glaus is coming off an injury, playing a new position and will not get anywhere near 25 homers let alone get many doubles because he can barely move. And he has cost us several runs this year with his fielding and decision making. It would have at least made sense to try and approach his agent about a one year deal until Freeman is ready. Every agent thinks their player is worth a bazillion per year so they can get their take. Wren gambled with Melky and Glaus and we will have a losing season because of it.

Clay

May 16th, 2010
10:52 am

Um, Reid Adair, ride down to the newspaper machine, put coins in, turn to Braves “box scores” or “team stats”, you can really keep up with who’s batting what and such.

Glaus is hitting, and is not the problem. Chipper, Mac, Escobar, Diaz are all hitting 60-80 points below their career averages, and Bobby Cox ignoring the evidence that Chipper is a defensive liability and needs to moved down in the order.

Exactly what would you have Wren do about that?

Bob Wren

May 16th, 2010
10:57 am

Everyone knows or they will come to realize that Frank Wren’s decisions always turn out to be the best.for the team. Frank is able, within the confines of the budget, to analyze talent and determine the best long term benefits. His track record of success in Florida and Baltimore indicate that he will get the Braves back to championship level.

Navigator

May 16th, 2010
11:01 am

Let’s add Frank Wren to the latest bad management that has come through Atlanta.

Tmac

May 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

All of Frank Wren’s moves (those he signed AND those he tried to sign) are well documented and debated in these blogs… I don’t care to type and retype why I think FW is swimming in the deep end without a lifejacket.
If anyone thinks Glaus is a better 1st baseman than LaRoche than you are either living in the past or you just don’t get it. Glaus is hitting the ball better, but he is still a SIV in the field.

The reason Glaus & Cabrerra are on this team is because FW (and the Braves management) choose to finalize their lineup by Dec. 1. Instead of waiting and trading or signing commodities when other teams need them and not when they don’t. When this tactic is practiced like the Braves have done… they loose out in almost every situation.

As far as I know, there is nothing in the rules of baseball that say you can only have X amount of players on your team in the off season or spring training. Only the regular season. There is an art to acquiring talent and FW doesn’t have it. Period.

OKGA

May 16th, 2010
12:20 pm

This is news? Of course they didn’t approach LaRoche & his 3 year/$30 mil asking price.

Justafan

May 16th, 2010
1:27 pm

That’s water under the dam…if you don’t want someone don’t offer…simple! Love the guy and wish him well.

Yes, Clevlyn was called up from AAA but why him instead of Jones?

BusterG

May 16th, 2010
2:36 pm

Actually I like LaRoche but frankly Glaus is out hitting him. You can’t give him long term contract with Freddie on the way

MD braves fan

May 16th, 2010
8:35 pm

Glaus is way cheaper, right handed, more power, has a veteran presence, and doesn’t block freeman
i loved when roachy heated up last august, but he’s just mediocre
also, if your looking for a very insightful braves blog go to http://www.capitalavenueclub.com

Jonathan

May 20th, 2010
10:10 am

Laroche is going to drive in 90 runs and hit 25 homers. The problem is that the majority of that prodruction will come in the 2nd half. Glaus has the potential to hit 25 and drive in about the same. It will be spread out of the whole season. Glaus’ 1st/2nd splits don’t have the same crazy differences that Laroche’s do. Sure Adam is better defensively, but he also would have cost us more money if we signed him early. His contract is only so low now because he was asking for big time money and he got left out in the cold. He’s not a big-time player. He’s good, but so is Glaus.

There really isn’t any reason to argue. We pretty much have the same guy, albeit Glaus has more power potential.

As of May 20th,
ADAM – .267 – 6HR – 28RBI – .362OBP – .504SLG
TROY – .275 – 6HR – 27RBI – .365OBP – .428SLG

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