Bucco Blog heard yesterday that a pending deal for Adam LaRoche was in the works and published our article asking Littlefield to not pull the trigger too quickly.
But it looks like he has.
The three-team swap between the Yankees, Braves, and Pirates is now said by one source to be nearly complete as all sides work on minor issues.
The Pirates will end up with LaRoche.
I say that gently because there are a few versions floating.. one that involves the Angels from one source and two versions that involves the Braves from two separate sources – one of which is the original source we inititally broke the LaRoche deal at the GM meetings to you with. There is also a straightup Pirates/Yankees version from one source that I place little credibility in.
However, since the Pirates recently asked for, and reviewed, LaRoche’s medicals, we have to assume this deal is with the Braves and our original source tonight is the correct one. No matter which version is correct, Gonzalez will be a Yankee if he passes a physical.
For now, it seems LaRoche will be a Pirate by Christmas, Gonzalez will be a Yankee, and Cabrera a Brave along with at least a second yet unidentified Pirate.
More as I hear it.
UPDATE 1:11 am Saturday morning: A few people have emailed me that WPXI in Pittsburgh reported last night that Mike Gonzalez cancelled an appearance at a baseball clinic in Texas Friday to take his physical for the Yankees.
More as it becomes available.
UPDATE 11:00 am Saturday morning: There is a conflicting report emailed to me that has surfaced on the Pirates unofficial message board at pirateball.com where a well known poster claims to have emailed the Post-Gazette’s beat writer last night, who told him:
"I spoke with Gonzalez by phone Friday night for nearly a half-hour, when he called me back for an interview on his health status that I was seeking for the Sunday Hot Stove notebook. The only physical he took was the one Dec. 11 in Pittsburgh, and he has heard from no one regarding anything having to do with a trade, including the Pirates. Somebody else emailed me about something related to the Yankees giving Gonzalez a physical. Said they heard it on TV. Nothing to it."
Considering the Post-Gazette didn’t even report the Pirates interest in LaRoche until December 5th – a week after Bucco Blog revealed the Pirates and Braves were talking and a full week or so after the GM meetings – I’m not too surprised.
Nor would I be surprised that Mike Gonzalez, the target of the deal, wouldn’t reveal anything to that beat reporter *if* it was indeed happening. The Pirates policy from the front office to the ball boys is to not discuss trades.
For now, the fact that my initial source was dead on and the fact WPXI in Pittsburgh both hit the airwaves about the same time – with the same info – means something is going on. But since I’m a blogger without a press credential, all I can do is speculate from what I am hearing from the sources. Who knows, maybe it is more posturing? We’ll know for sure in a couple of days.