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Nationals reportedly offer Adam LaRoche two-year deal

Dec 31, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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The Baltimore Orioles grew tired of waiting on Adam LaRoche, and so they agreed to a deal on Friday with Derek Lee. The Washington Nationals, who lost Adam Dunn to free agency, were interested in signing Lee as well. So after losing out to the Orioles, the Nats naturally have turned their attention to LaRoche.

According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals have offered LaRoche a two-year contract. Ladson does not offer any numbers with the deal, but others have it at $8-9 million per season.

LaRoche reportedly wants three years, but Ladson reports that the Nationals are unwilling to go beyond two. Multiple reports had LaRoche already turning down a three-year offer from the Orioles, though Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said reports on that offer were not true.

LaRoche, 31, hit .261/.320/.468 with 25 home runs and a career- high 100 RBIs for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. There doesn’t seem to be much of a market for the seven-year veteran, so unless his agent can dig up some interest elsewhere, Washington seems like the logical landing place.

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  1. Panda Claus - Dec 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    If I were LaRoche, I’d take a solid 1-year deal, fire my agent, then try once more next off season.

    Once upon a time, Adam LaRoche was probably a poor musical chair player as a kid. Either that, or he peaked at that skill in the 2nd grade but still thinks he has game.

    • missthemexpos - Jan 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      After the top-tier free agents sign, then it really is like a 2nd grade game of musical chairs, with the ballplayers that are asking for too much or too many years still standing (unsigned) when the music stops.

      • bobbcronin - Jan 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM

        Can anyone say Jermaine Dye? In basketball Latrell Sprewell?

    • Old Gator - Jan 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Who knows whether the agent was urging him to bite the Baltimore hook while LaRoche demurred? The fact that LaRoche didn’t even respond to the offer seems to indicate that either (a) he was the stubborn one or (b) Baltimore didn’t appeal to him for any number of reasons; maybe he wanted to stay in the National League with familiar pitchers, or perhaps playing for a terminal bungler of an owner didn’t sit well.

      Either way, he seems to have misplayed his hand. And there’s always Seattle.

    • bobbcronin - Jan 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

      Panda, I was telling my family that I think either LaRoche or his agent have too high expectations and he has missed two multi-year contracts due to his or his agent’s greed. The Giants offered a multi-year deal, he wanted a 3 year/30 million dollar deal, the Giants signed Aubrey Huff. The Orioles offer 2 years/16 million, he wants 3 year/30 million, the Orioles sign Derrick Lee. He made 8 million last season, will probably make 8 million or less this season. I hope that the Nats don’t offer him anything excessive. What team needs a 8 million dollar starting first baseman right now besides the Nats. Now that Lee has signed, I would reduce my offer to LaRoche.

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