First baseman Adam LaRoche is a free agent at the moment and according to sources close to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, “the Orioles have legitimate interest in adding LaRoche.”
The problem is that by signing LaRoche, they'll lose their first-round pick in next year's draft, and as Connolly points out, that would go against GM Dan Duquette's plans of “rebuilding from the draft.”
LaRoche is definitely a great fir for the Orioles, but stockpiling talent isn't a bad business either, specially if you trust your scouting department. The 33-year old first baseman hit .271/.343/.510 with 33 HR's, 100 RBI's and a .361 wOBA in 647 plate appearances for the Nationals in 2012.
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