D-backs decide not to keep LaRochePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined to exercise a $7.5 million club option on Adam LaRoche, ending the first baseman's stay in the desert after one season.
LaRoche, 30, signed a one-year deal with a mutual option after playing parts of six seasons with Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Boston.
He hit .261 with 25 homers and 100 RBIs in 161 games, but also struck out 172 times on a team that set the all-time strikeouts record.
LaRoche is a career .271 hitter with 161 homers and 569 RBIs. He receives a $1.5 million buyout by not having his option picked up.