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 fr...