Report: LaRoche about to be traded to Red Sox?

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Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that “the Pirates’ clubhouse is abuzz with word that a trade involving first baseman Adam LaRoche is imminent.”

LaRoche was spotted taking batting practice this morning, but is not in
the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Brewers and Kovacevic
notes that the Pirates have issued no denials about a possible deal
being completed.

Initial speculation centered around the Giants, but Kovacevic now
writes that “LaRoche has been traded to the Boston Red Sox.” Stay
tuned.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.