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O’s offer to Adam LaRoche is three years, $16-18M

Dec 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

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Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reported Thursday that the Orioles were “closing in on signing” free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.  They are, and Jen Royle of MASN was given an idea of the financial terms Saturday from a source in the know.

LaRoche will earn between $16 million and $18 million over a three-year pact.

The money is bad, but it’s not a terrible fit.

LaRoche is a left-handed hitter and should be able to take advantage of Camden Yards’ short right porch.  He launched 25 home runs and collected a career-high 100 RBI over 151 games in 2010 for Arizona and he’s a decent defender at first base.

LaRoche will be reunited in Baltimore with Mark Reynolds, who was acquired via trade from the D’Backs earlier this offseason.  Arizona got right-handers David Hernandez and Kameron Mickolio in return.

  1. Panda Claus - Dec 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Another day of waiting in Birdland.

  2. Adam - Dec 19, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Why is the money bad? 5 – 6 million a year for a first baseman who’s slightly above average offensively and solid defensively.

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