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The Adam LaRoche market isn’t so hot and heavy after all

Dec 3, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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The Nationals would very much like to keep free agent Adam LaRoche, but they’re sticking to their guns at the moment and only offering a two-year deal. Fortunately for them, it may yet be enough to get a deal done.

According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Rangers are not purusing LaRoche, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli writes that the Orioles’ interest seems “minimal at best.”

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported earlier in the day that the Orioles were going in “hard” on LaRoche.

If the Rangers and Orioles aren’t involved, that may leave the Nationals and Mariners as LaRoche’s primary bidders. The Mariners may be legitimate threats there, but one wonders if they’d really overpay for LaRoche when they still have Justin Smoak and maybe Jesus Montero as possible long-term first basemen.

Update: In a twist, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners are interested in acquiring Michael Morse from the Nationals. Presumably, they’d have to leave LaRoche alone and let him go back to Washington in order to have a shot at Morse.

  1. natslady - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    He only got a two year deal last time and he was two years younger. This is not surprising. 2012 was a good year for him, but not that far out of line with his career.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      From Adam Kilgore’s reporting, the lines of communication remain open, and LaRoche doesn’t seem all that upset that Rizzo won’t offer 3 years. The Rangers may yet give him 3 years, but I get the sense that a 2-year deal with the Nats is still possible.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/2012-winter-meetings-nationals-and-adam-laroche-still-talking/2012/12/01/a7e7ae5c-3bf0-11e2-b01f-5f55b193f58f_story.html

      As for Morse, the Mariners have some young pitching, and might be a trade partner. Same question as with the Rays, though. Would the Mariners absorb the big pay raise Morse will likely get in 2014?

      • natslady - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        I think he’ll get two with a team buyout for the 3rd year, in case something goes wrong with T-Mo, or Rendon, or RZimm stays at 3B.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Laroche i dont think would go to Seattle if he gets a comparable offer in Washington. Going to an inferior rebuilding team, with no lineup protection and a pitchers park doesnt bode well for getting another top tier contract after thats one up.

  2. kkolchak - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Morse back to the Mariners? Bet it’s going to take a little more than just Ryan Langerhans to get that deal done this time. :)

    • recoveringcubsfan - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Right? I hope Morse is good for them, anyway, just so they can feel better about the whole situation. But man, how often do you see teams chase guys they let go for peanuts a few years ago?

    • ezthinking - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Maybe he’ll get back on the ‘roids like he was in 2003 as he admitted.

      Buyer beware. One good season surrounded by many marginal seasons means he’s not your savior M’s.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2154494

  3. thebadguyswon - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    It shouldn’t be hot and heavy. He’s streaky as hell and nothing special.

  4. paul621 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Can he learn to play third? If so, the Phillies should give him a call.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Sorry, he’s a 1B, period. His brother Andy was a good defensive 3B, but couldn’t hit.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I never said hot and heavy. I mean, who’s hot and who’s heavy?

  6. Stiller43 - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Forget hot and heavy. does he do…everything?

    And if not, would he be willing to add something else to his repetoire?

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