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Nationals, Adam LaRoche finalize two-year, $16 million deal

Jan 7, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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Adam LaRoche and the Nationals made things official this afternoon, as Washington announced a two-year contract with the veteran first baseman.

He’ll get $7 million in 2011 and $8 million in 2012, and the deal also includes a $10 million mutual option or $1 million buyout for 2012. In other words, he’s guaranteed $16 million for two seasons.

Washington has made upgrading the defense a priority this offseason and going from Adam Dunn to LaRoche at first base will definitely help the team’s run prevention in a big way, but the downgrade offensively is likely even bigger.

During the past three seasons LaRoche has hit .269 with 75 homers and an .823 OPS, while Dunn has hit .255 with 116 homers and a .906 OPS. Of course, the price tags are also much different, as Dunn signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Wow…this is five straight Aaron posts. Nothing from Craig since 1230 and his comments about Phightins Phans. What happened? 6 or 7 martini lunch?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      That was my guess.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

        Maybe Mookie finally took him out…with Oil Can standing there laughing. Oh, the prophesy has come true!!!

  2. billybeaneismyhero - Jan 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    FYI Aaron…I think you meant an $10M option or a $1M buyout for 2013. You said 2012.

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