VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
Fantasy Sports
More
Betting Tools

 
LaRoche gets 2-year deal to stay with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) - The wait for Adam LaRoche to make up his mind had played out long enough. It was time to decide if he would take the Washington Nationals' offer or move on.

Advertisement
The slugging first baseman decided to stay with the Nationals on Tuesday, agreeing to a $24 million, two-year deal with a mutual option for a third year. He wanted a full three-year contract, but Washington was never going to offer one.

``I think we both were getting tired of the process,'' Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. ``We had a lot of conversations back and forth with his representative. Adam and I had a few private conversations. ... I made it clear to Adam that it's time to get this thing done. Make a decision. Our offer is what it is. It's been on the table for a while. It's time to think of your options and pull the trigger if you want to be here.''

LaRoche's return completes the final piece of an expected starting lineup for the defending NL East champions and renders Michael Morse expendable. Morse played outfield last year but would have moved to first base if LaRoche had not re-signed, giving the Nationals much of the leverage they needed to balk at LaRoche's bid for the extra year in the contract.

La Roche gets $10 million next year and $12 million in 2014, and the deal includes a $15 million mutual option for 2015 with a $2 million buyout.

He had a superb 2012 at the plate - .271 average, 33 home runs, 100 RBIs - but he's 33 years old, and Washington is flush with young, emerging talent that will cost a lot of money to keep in a few years. Also, LaRoche's value was hampered on the open market because any team signing him would have forfeited a supplementary first-round draft pick to the Nationals.

``We were in a pretty enviable position negotiating-wise because our other option was already under contract and in-house,'' Rizzo said. ``And that allowed us to be so patient with Adam.''

Now it will be the Nationals' turn to test the trade market with Morse, who lost his outfield spot when Washington acquired Denard Span in a trade in November. Morse batted .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs in 102 games last year.

``We're certainly not going to give him away,'' Rizzo said. ``But if we can make the right deal that works for Mike and for us as a franchise, we'll certainly do that deal.''

Shortly after the news broke that LaRoche's deal was done, Morse tweeted: ``Hey everyone, going silent for a while.''

---

Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Friday's Diamond Notes
News: Win Total Update - August
Bookmaker: Will Stanton be dealt?
Nationals edge Padres, 'under' hits
Yankees hold off Mets for sweep
Twins grab DH home split with Indians
Smoak's HR lifts Jays past Rays
Braves crush Rockies in series finale
Reds hold off Cubs, 13-10
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
8-0 G-Plays, 2-0 Y'day, 19-8 Streak
3-1 +265 Yesterday, +5,245 TY
9-2, +751 Last 11 MLB G-Plays
6-1 +500 L7, +1,678 This Year
3-0 Y'day, 18-7 Run, 11-4 G-Plays
8-2 L10 Guaranteed Plays
11-5, +758 Record Last 6 Days
5-1, +435 L6 Guarantees
5-1 G-Plays, 16-9 +640 L3 Days
19-10 L6 Days, 6-2 L8 G-Plays
4-1, +435 L5 MLB G-Plays
6-3, +278 L9 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 L5 Picks, 6-2 L8 Guarantees
31-15 Last 46 MLB Totals
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks
2017 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 5105
Stephen Nover + 1678
ASA + 993
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 2181
Chip Chirimbes + 1885
Vince Akins + 1348
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1380
John Fisher + 750
Joe Williams + 578
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 725
Kevin Rogers + 608
Chip Chirimbes + 564
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 992
John Fisher + 775
Stephen Nover + 657
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1711
Dave Cokin + 1414
Gary Bart + 1242
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership