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Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche is garnering enough interest that he's expected to reject the Washington Nationals' $13.3 million qualifying offer by Friday's deadline.
LaRoche, 33, is being pursued by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, in addition to the Nationals, major-league sources said Wednesday. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, LaRoche is allowed to re-sign with the Nationals even if he rejects the qualifying offer.
The Gold Glove winner and team leader in home runs and RBI appears headed for a multiyear contract -- in Washington or elsewhere.
The Rangers' interest in LaRoche is yet another sign that they are preparing for life without superstar free agent Josh Hamilton. LaRoche, who batted cleanup for Washington most of the season, could replace Hamilton's left-handed presence in the middle of the lineup. LaRoche's .853 OPS this season was second only to Hamilton (.930) among current free agents.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, are familiar with LaRoche from his brief tenure with the club in 2009, when he played six games for Boston in between trades with the Pirates and Braves. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Wednesday that LaRoche made a good impression on the organization during his short time there.
"He's always been a productive hitter," Cherington said.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is sorting through a number of alternatives for his lineup. Some involve LaRoche. Others don't. If LaRoche leaves, Mike Morse can move to first base and clear a spot in the outfield for a new center fielder to play between Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. If LaRoche stays, Rizzo could trade Morse.
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More hardware for the 2012 Nats: Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, and Stephen Strasburg won Silver Slugger Awards Thursday night.
And what better way to commemorate the achievement than with a video of a home run hit by each of 'em.
Strasburg's first, complete with sloowwww HR trot (video here):
LaRoche's 33rd, good for his 100th RBI on the season (video here):
Can we all just get off of Edwin Jackson’s back already? The free agent pitcher, who most recently worked at the back end of the Washington Nationals’ rotation in 2012 is likely to sign with his 8th different team this offseason since breaking in with the Dodgers back in 2003.
Since when does a guy who can put up 30+ starts (he’s done that each of his past 6 seasons), 180+...
The Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals are
targeting free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX
LaRoche, 33, is being pursued
by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, in addition to the Nationals,
major-league sources said Wednesday.
LaRoche received a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the
And so a trio of Nats were named finalists for three of the Baseball Writers Association of America's big prizes Wednesday night: Bryce Harper up for NL Rookie of the Year; Davey Johnson Manager of the Year; Gio Gonzalez up for Cy Young. Winners will be announced next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, in order.Oh, and despite the "AdaMVP" moniker, Adam LaRoche isn'...
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
The Nats saw a lot from Danny Espinosa in his 2011 rookie season...
The Washington Nationals could be close to reaching agreement with manager Davey Johnson on a new contract. General manager Mike Rizzo told The Washington Post at baseball's winter meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., that a deal should be finalized "soon." "I'm thinking any time now," Rizzo said, according to The Post. Johnson was under contract with...
In August the Red Sox traded their incumbent first baseman in Adrian Gonzalez, and have since been left with a gaping hole at the position.
That hole has yet to be filled as free agency begins in earnest, and suffice to say the Red Sox are looking at existing major-league options from outside the organization to fill that role. One of those options may be Adam LaRoche, who spent...
Strasburg, Desmond and LaRoche all win Silver Sluggers. [Nats Journal]
Davey Johnson won a fishing tournament by catching big fish. [Bog]
Adam Jones ringing the closing bell at the NYSE today. [O's Insider]
Josh Hamilton probably isn’t coming to Baltimore, you guys. [O's Insider]
Sean Taylor’s brother is apparently really good at football. [Hogs Haven]
Forget Nov. 30...