Nationals Rumors: Adam LaRoche Hoping to Return to Washington

While free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche is in talks with “multiple opposing clubs,” the slugger is still maintaining that his preference is re-signing with the Washington Nationals, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

“We’re talking to a few other teams,” LaRoche said Friday evening in a voicemail. “Got to keep things open in case Washington doesn’t work out. I’m still hopeful that it will, but as you know it takes two sides cooperating to make that happen. I’m doing everything I can.”

The Nationals have had a two-year offer on the table for LaRoche throughout the offseason, but the veteran is seeking a three-year commitment. Washington feels no urgency in the situation as they have several factors in their favor:

LaRoche wants to re-sign with the Nationals.

The Nationals will receive a draft pick as compensation if LaRoche signs elsewhere.

Washington has a replacement for LaRoche on their roster in the form of Mike Morse.

For those reasons it appears that LaRoche will have to find his three-year commitment elsewhere if he wants to sign one at all this winter. The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are among the other teams that have been tied to the free agent.

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