Nationals Rumors: Washington, Adam LaRoche Inching Closer to Deal

The Washington Nationals and free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche made “a little bit of progress” toward a contract agreement over the last week, according to Bill Ladson of

There has been "a little bit of progress" made between free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and the Nationals in the last week, according to a baseball source familiar with the negotiations.

While LaRoche is looking for a three-year contract this winter, the Nationals do not appear to be willing to extend him that long of a guaranteed deal. Instead, Washington may elect to provide the veteran slugger with two years and include an option for a third.

Ladson adds that the Nationals have not implemented a deadline on LaRoche’s decision, despite rumors from earlier this week. Washington has flexibility when it comes to negotiations, as they have an in-house replacement option in Mike Morse and will receive a draft pick if LaRoche signs elsewhere.

Last season for the Nationals LaRoche hit .271/.343/.510 with 35 doubles and 33 home runs. The 33-year-old owns a career line of .268/.338/.482 over nine years in the majors.

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