The journeyman younger brother of Nats' first baseman Adam will vie for a spot on Toronto's roster in big-league camp.
Once a top prospect in the Dodgers' farm system, the right-handed hitting infielder batted just .251/.335/.422 with 12 home runs in 96 games on the year, his fifth season of Triple-A ball.
LaRoche has not had the big-league success of his older brother, Adam, but he has still gotten his fair share of major-league playing time. Traded by the Dodgers to the Pirates in a three-team deal midway through 2008 -- his sophomore season -- LaRoche earned the starting third base job with Pittsburgh the following year and played well, batting .258/.330/.401 with 12 home runs in 150 games.
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LaRoche's numbers plummeted the following season, and his playing time went with it. He latched on to a deal with the A's in 2011 but appeared in only 40 games as a utility infielder of sorts.
It's unlikely that LaRoche will play a big factor in Toronto this year, but he could potentially see some playing time if/when back-up infielder Maicer Izturis makes his annual trip to the disabled list.