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Nationals’ top priority is re-signing Adam LaRoche

Nov 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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Not that it should come as any sort of surprise, but Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM on Sunday morning that his “number one” priority this winter is to re-sign slugger Adam LaRoche.

Second priority is adding a reliable starting pitcher, either through a trade or a free agent acquisition.

LaRoche, 33, posted a .271/.343/.510 batting line with 33 home runs and 100 RBI in 154 games this past season for the NL East champions. He also won Gold Glove honors for his defense at first base.

LaRoche turned down a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Nats last week because he wants something of the multi-year variety. And he should have little trouble finding it.

Deep-pocketed teams like the Rangers and Red Sox have already expressed interest.

  1. kkolchak - Nov 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    “Deep-pocketed teams like the Rangers and Red Sox have already expressed interest.”

    The Nats have pretty deep pockets, too, as evidenced by the two $100 million contracts they already have on their payroll. Unless they are going after Greinke, which I doubt, they should have plenty of money to pay LaRoche as none of the other big name free agents really make much sense for them at the price they’ll likely command.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      What high priced free agents? Burnett and Jackson? Burnett doesnt command that much considering and Jackson isnt necessary so no way he is resigned. But i hope we dont overpay Laroche, I want him back and all but he is replacable and is in no way a must sign.

  2. natsattack - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Let him walk. Put Morse at first, Moore in left.
    Better D in left
    Worse D at 1st

  3. marvinband9 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Tyler Moore makes more sense on first and move Morse to AL. He is almost as big a liability on first as in left field. Morse should bring a possible starter or reliever.

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