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Davey Johnson really wants the Nationals to re-sign Adam LaRoche

Dec 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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The Nationals have the option of moving Michael Morse over to first base following the acquisition of Denard Span this week, but manager Davey Johnson really wants the club to re-sign Adam LaRoche.

Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Johnson hosted a charity event last night to benefit Lighthouse Central Florida, a non-profit organization offering services to people affected by vision loss and blindness. Many big names were in attendance for the event, including the likes of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and Larry The Cable Guy (?), but Johnson was especially interested to see LaRoche, who made the trip from Kansas. The Nats’ skipper has kept in touch with LaRoche during the offseason, even buying some beef from his cattle ranch, and told him to “bring his pen” when he came to the charity event last night.

“I wanted him here to sign the damn contract,” Johnson said. “I’m eating his beef, and I wanted to put an order in for next year, too. After we win the World Series.”

Can we make “eating his beef” into a thing? It should really be a thing.

LaRoche and general manager Mike Rizzo declined to comment on any specifics regarding negotiations, but Johnson yelled into the microphone for them to “GET TOGETHER” when speaking on stage. So far the Nationals have been unwilling to offer more than a two-year deal while the Red Sox, Rangers and Orioles have been mentioned as possible alternatives for LaRoche.

  1. indaburg - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Sure, D.J. We can make eating his beef into a thing. You sure about this?

    The Nats should listen to Johnson. I was looking at Laroche’s stats yesterday and I don’t get the hesitation.

    • kinggw - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      The hesitation is that he’s 33 and just had a career year. There is no guarantee he replicates those numbers. I like LaRoche and hope he resigns, I just hope its no more than two years.

  2. someguyinva - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I think his DOB (11/6/79, according to Wikipedia) might have something to do with the Nats’ hesitation to give him three years. The Nats probably also believe that Rendon will be ready for the majors by 2015 at the latest, which might require Zimmerman moving to 1B so Rendon can play 3B.

    The Span trade gives the Nats lots of options right now. They could re-sign LaRoche and trade Morse, or let LaRoche walk, let Morse play 1B in 2013 and then let Morse walk, opening 1B to either Zimmerman (if Rendon’s ready) or Tyler Moore (if he’s not) in 2014. I don’t think the Nats can carry Morse and LaRoche in 2013, though, except for inter-league games where one could DH.

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