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Adam LaRoche said the Giants never offered him two years and $17.5 million

Mar 2, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

Remember how we all called Adam LaRoche dumb for turning down that two-year, $17.5 million offer from the Giants?  Well, he says it wasn’t that simple:

“It actually wasn’t a two-year deal. It was two years with
three- or four-year options. It wasn’t a two-year, $17 or $18
(million). It came across that that’s what it was, but that wasn’t what
it was.”

I guess only the Giants, LaRoche and his agent know for sure, but I’ve not heard of any contract in recent years that had “three or four year options.” Perhaps he meant it was a $17.5 million, three year deal with a fourth year option?  Still rather odd — why would the Giants commit to three years of LaRoche no matter how cheap it would be on an annual basis — and I have to think that if that was really the case the San Francisco or Arizona reporters would have reported that before now.

  1. Loren - Mar 2, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Maybe it was 2 years guaranteed with options for a third and fourth year, and if both options were excercised it would have ended up as a $17.5M deal. I could see that.

  2. RobRob - Mar 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Perhaps Adam LaRoche misspoke or misunderstood the details (he is an athlete, not a lawyer). Maybe what he meant to say is that the offer was $17M with a year-three and/or year-four options.

    That’s more in line with what the Diamondbacks offered on per-year basis, which suggests that maybe he didn’t get screwed as badly as it seemed six weeks ago.

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