Adam LaRoche reportedly turned down a two-year, $17 million offer from the San Francisco Giants -- only to sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that, including the buyout on the option, guarantees him only $6 million. This is a mistake that's just a step shy of Jody Reed territory.
Jody Reed territory, eh? Let's see what Keith means about the deal -- and see what he thinks the Valverde deal could mean for both Houston and Detroit -- but see, to do that, we must be ESPN Insiders. Let's go!
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Keith Law joined ESPN.com in June 2006 as the lead baseball analyst for Scouts Inc., covering the majors, minors and amateurs. He appears regularly across the ESPN family of networks, providing analysis on all baseball topics.
Before joining ESPN, Law spent 4½ years with the Toronto Blue Jays as a special assistant to the general manager, and was previously a writer for Baseball Prospectus. He graduated from Harvard College and holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon.