Bay Thrilled with Trade

Jason Bay

Pirates' outfielder Jason Bay was thrilled by the news that the Bucs have acquired slugging first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Atlanta Braves. On Thursday at the team's informal workouts at PNC Park -'s George Von Benko caught up with the All-Star outfielder.

GVB-- You have to be excited getting a bat like that in the lineup?

JB-- Yeah, it's huge especially like I said before with us looking at a need that we had at the beginning of the off-season and making a list of names to fit that need and he was probably number one on that list - so how many teams can go into the off-season and say that's the guy we want and then - him A being available and putting a package together to get him that doesn't totally deplete your team. As much as we all love Gonzo we have another guy that can fill the closers role and if you're dealing with the Braves you're trying to get a 30 home run 100 RBI guy. You're going to have to give something up and we did. But we got the guy we wanted.

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