The Washington Nationals do not need to do much to their team this offseason. They've already added Dan Haren to replace the departing Edwin Jackson, but the pitching staff will largely remain the same. The team finished with the most wins of any club in 2012. They don't need many changes. But they'd like to re-sign first baseman Adam LaRoche.
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it is seeming more likely that LaRoche will re-sign with the Nationals after testing the free agent market. At least manager Davey Johnson thinks so.
Davey says he's received "positive signs" from Rizzo that LaRoche will re-sign before Christmas.LaRoche had an oblique injury early in 2012, but he managed to get off to a solid start during the first part of the season. Usually LaRoche is one who will struggle early and heat up as the season goes on. That wasn't the case in 2012. He hit .329 in April and was up and down the rest of the season. The oblique injury may have limited him a little bit, but he did not show it early in the season.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) December 12, 2012
Overall, LaRoche hit .271/.343/.510 with 33 home runs last year. He won a Gold Glove and finished sixth in National League MVP voting. So, it's no surprise Washington wants him back. If they re-sing LaRoche and he can stay healthy, the Nats will once again be a dangerous team in 2013.