Life goes on for the Nationals and they'll have to begin preparing for the 2013 season soon. Two of their players, Adam LaRoche and Edwin Jackson are set to be free agents after the World Series, but both of them would like to be back with the team according to Dan Kolko of MASN.com.
LaRoche has a $10 million mutual option and Kolko opines that LaRoche will probably decline it to pursue a more lucrative deal. Kolko says that the Nationals would like to retain LaRoche, but even though his agent has been talking with the Nationals recently, “discussions between the two sides haven't gone far yet.”
“He's a guy we really like,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “He fits in great, in the lineup and in the clubhouse. So we've been talking and we're going to continue to talk.”
“It's just started,” he said. “It's just kind of kicking the tires there and see, get a pulse on both sides. See where we're at. I talked to Riz today, and I've made it clear that I want to do it if we come up with something that's fair. Hopefully, we can do that.”
The right hander Jackson is looking for a multi-year deal, but he'd like to sign it with the Nationals. “Like I always say going into free agency, you're not really sure (of) their plans,” Jackson said. “They have great pitchers here. If I wasn't here, they have five guys that they could run out and still feel comfortable with, dudes who are good pitchers. But as the offseason transpires, we'll definitely see what happens.”
LaRoche, 32, hit .271/.343/.510 with 33 HR's, 100 RBI's and a 128 OPS+ in 647 plate appearances for the Nationals in 2012.
The 29-year old Jackson went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA, 1.1 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 in 189.2 innings for the Nationals.
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