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Adam LaRoche wants $31.5 million, in talks with Seattle

Dec 14, 2009, 8:58 AM EDT

There’s word that free agent first basemen Adam LaRoche is seeking a three-year deal worth $31.5 million. Is it just me, or is demanding $10.5 million a year oddly specific?  I get this image of LaRoche sitting on a bus in the minors, riding from town-to-town in the Carolina league, wishing that, one day, he’d make $10.5 million. What plans did he have for that extra $500,000?  That’s between Adam and his dreams, my friends. Between Adam and his dreams.

Anyway, that seems rich for a guy who puts together a solid half-season every year and nothing more.  Maybe I’d pay him $31.5 million for a six year deal that specifies he only play after the All-Star break or something, but unless he’s figured out the key to waking up before July, I can’t see going that large with him.  There are a lot of first base platoon options floating around right now that can get you close to what LaRoche gives you for less than that kind of money.

Geoff Baker has him in talks with the Mariners. Baggarly says the Giants are sniffing around. I’d guess that number puts him out of the Braves’ territory.

  1. jwb - Dec 14, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    “What plans did he have for that extra $500,000?”
    Ashtray money, dude.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Why not just do what every other team intent on committing financial suicide at some unspecified time in the near future does? Backload his contract. Then, when in a year and a half (assuming the 787 actually can fly) Boeing drops the other shoe and moves the rest of its assembly operations to some right-to-work state in the Gallant South, no one can afford to go to ballgames anymore and the Lenin statue in Fremont is being carried at the head of the May Day Parade from the Space Needle to the site of the original Crapper toilet at Doc Maynard’s, they’d have to pay him the biggest part of the tab.
    Who knows? A jolt like that might even bring Gary Larson out of retirement, at how bad would that be, after all?

  3. Stone - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    That’s just about the most retarded thing I have heard in the last month. 31.5? Give me a break. If Seattle, or anyone, pays him that, the GM needs to be fired on the spot.

  4. SHOE LIFTS - Jan 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Being shorter is no sin, if everybody else around you is taller, it is obvious you would want to become taller also.

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