Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/8/13
The Washington Nationals accomplished another of their primary offseason goals today and re-signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract that guarantees him $24 million, according to The Washington Post. GM Mike Rizzo got his way as he was adamant that he would not give LaRoche more than a two-year deal right from the start. LaRoche pushed hard for a three-year commitment from the Nationals, but Rizzo refused to bid against himself and bet that LaRoche wouldn’t fare well in the open market after they strategically made him a qualifying offer that would cost other teams a first round pick. LaRoche when he turned down their $13.3 million qualifying offer in November, and in fact will get less than that annually for the next two seasons.
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