The Braves have brought back old friend Adam LaRoche in a trade with the Red Sox. To acquire LaRoche the Red Sox shipped 26-year old lefty swinging Casey Kotchman to Bean Town. The 29-year old lefty swinging LaRoche has played in 93 games for the Red Sox and Pirates this season and he is 85 for 343 (.248 avg, .772 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 13 homers and 43 RBIs. LaRoche has now played in 781 games in his major league career and he is 718 for 2,665 (.269 avg, .824 OPS) with 372 runs scored, 124 homers and 429 RBIs. LaRoche should be a vast improvement over Kotchman who just isn’t much of a hitter. Kotchman played in 87 games this season for the Braves and he was 84 for 298 (.282 avg, .764 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 6 homers and 41 RBIs. In parts of two seasons with the Braves, Kotchman played in 130 games in which he was 120 for 450 (.267 avg) with 46 runs scored, 8 homers and 61 RBIs. Despite Kotchman’s prowess with the mitt the Braves just couldn’t afford to carry his weak bat for the position. LaRoche usually has big second halves so he should definately improve the Braves’ offense the remainder of the season.