Orioles in on Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche may not have far to travel if he does not re-sign with the Washington Nationals this season.  The Baltimore Orioles appear to be real players in the pursuit of the veteran first baseman.  Staying in the Maryland/D.C. area may not exactly be the selling point that LaRoche is looking for, but it couldn't hurt.

Jayson Stark of ESPN says the Orioles are one of many teams pursuing LaRoche.

LaRoche, while healthy now, battled an oblique strain early in the 2012 season, and had stretches in which he struggled at the plate.  However, he still proved to be a valuable commodity.  And if he moves to the American League, he will have the option to DH when the injury bug inevitably creeps up on him.

LaRoche played in 154 games for the Washington Nationals last season.  Not too shabby considering the injury to start his season.  He also put up solid numbers.  LaRoche hit .271/.343/.510 with 33 home runs in 2012.  It was a career-high in home runs for the 33-year old.

The Nationals are still interested in LaRoche, but if they do not re-sign him, they can move Michael Morse back to first base.  The Orioles non-tendered Mark Reynolds, so they are in need of a first baseman.

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