LaRoche Will Return to the Nats

by kelly on January 8, 2013

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has reported that free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche will rejoin the Nationals on a two-year deal.

Source: The Nats have agreed to terms with Adam LaRoche on a two-year deal.
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Adam Kilgore

Buster Olney of ESPN.com adds the financial details, noting that it’s a guaranteed $24 million over two seasons with an option for a third year.

LaRoche details: $10m in 2013, $12m in 2014, $2m buyout on 2015 option. 2/24
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Buster Olney

LaRoche explored the free agent market in search of a three-year deal, but apparently no one was willing to commit that many years to the 33-year-old slugger, despite the fact that he had a career year in 2012. He hit .271 with 33 homers and drove in an even 100 RBI. The sure-handed LaRoche also won his first Gold Glove in 2012.

Now that they’ve got LaRoche back in tow, expect Washington to get more aggressive in shopping Michael Morse. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that several teams are interested.

Source: #Nationals speaking to 5-6 teams about Morse. Earning $7M this season, then eligible for free agency.
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Ken Rosenthal
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The Nats will reportedly be seeking a lefty reliever and prospects for the versatile Morse, who clubbed 18 homers last season in a part time role.

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