PHOENIX (AP) — First baseman Adam LaRoche and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract.
His deal includes a $7.5 million mutual option for 2011.
The 30-year-old hit .277 for Atlanta, Boston and Pittsburgh last season with 25 homers and 83 RBIs. He has a .274 career average in six seasons.
Adding LaRoche allows Arizona to shift Conor Jackson to his more natural outfield position. Jackson agreed Friday to a $3.1 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration.