Sunday, December 30, 2012

LaRoche Talking To Sox, Nats And Other Teams

Charlie Riedel / AP
According to multiple sources, free agent first-baseman Adam LaRoche is a pretty chatty guy—or at least his agents are. For the entire off-season he's been discussing a return to the Washington Nationals—but they have so far refused to offer him his desired 3-year contract term. The Red Sox have always showed interest, even before they signed Mike "What is Hip?" Napoli. The Red Sox then re-started their talks with LaRoche as soon as their Napoli concerns deepened. Now, it seems that even more teams are in the mix, although Boston still seems the most likely alternative team if the Nats don't cave on years. Of course, this could be a negotiating ploy on behalf of LaRoche's agents. The question remains, however, if the NOG is willing to dole out three-year contracts to the likes of Victorino and Napoli—why not also to the guy who—last year—smacked 33 HRs, 100 RBIs, and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for first base?