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Nationals sticking with two-year, $25 million offer to Adam LaRoche

Dec 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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There haven’t been a ton of Adam LaRoche rumors swirling and most reports have the Nationals confident in re-signing the 33-year-old first baseman, perhaps leading to Michael Morse being traded.

As for what type of contract LaRoche may end up with, Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals haven’t changed their original offer of two years and $25 million.

LaRoche may be holding out for something closer to Mike Napoli‘s three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox, especially since he out-produced Napoli in just about every major category this year. Of course, Napoli is a couple years younger, his previous track record is more impressive, and his ability to play catcher adds significant value in addition to his bat.

Teams that missed out on Josh Hamilton would seem like natural fits to intensify their pursuit of LaRoche, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Nationals eventually have to up that two-year offer. LaRoche became a free agent out by declining his half of a $10 million mutual option and then turning down the $13.3 million qualifying offer.

  1. pilonflats - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    the nats really dont need him and might be better served spending their 25 million elsewhere

    • kkolchak - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      The Nats do have other options, but I’d hate to lose LaRoche’s glove.

      • natslady - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        Same. Very solid, has earned Davey’s trust, that’s for sure.

      • pilonflats - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        harper lf
        span cf
        werth rf
        morse 1b
        these are all everydaty players

        it would be tough to sign adam without trading morse

      • natstowngreg - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        Yes, they could manage with Morse at 1B. Yes, if LaRoche re-signs, they would trade Morse. He’s not going to sit on the bench, especially when the Nats have Tyler Moore, who does most of the things Morse does, at a much lower cost.

        Point is, LaRoche does two things that Mores does not. He hits for power left-handed, and he plays excellent defense. Those are the things that make the Nats want to re-sign him.

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    how did napoli or victorino get more money then this guy right here? when he brings not only STRONG defense but a middle of the line up bat? just five him 3 years bah…damn you redsox and your wierd signings!!!!

    • bdb808757 - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Let Laroche go, bring up rendon and have him and morse duke it out for first base. Afterall, didn’t Laroche sit all of 2011 out on IR? Laroche will be doing us a favor either way, but we don’t owe him anything.

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