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Free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche wants a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals, but the club is only looking to offer a two-year deal.
Free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche wants to return to the Washington Nationals next year -- and for the next three years. Per Adam Berry, LaRoche wants to "finish up" in D.C., and is seeking a three-year contract. Unfortunately for LaRoche, the Nationals are only looking to sign LaRoche for two years.
Berry is following LaRoche and Nationals manager Davey Johnson around throughout the day, as the Nats skipper and first baseman are participating in a golf tournament.
LaRoche enjoyed a career year with the Nationals in 2012, hitting .271/.343/.510, with 33 home runs and 100 RBI. LaRoche also posted a career-high fWAR of 3.8.
The free agent first baseman just turned 33 last month, so the Nationals are appropriately cautious about giving LaRoche a third year on a contract.
Washington also has much more leverage after acquiring Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins. With Span in center field, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth now man the corners, forcing Michael Morse to first base. Unless the Nationals trade Morse, LaRoche will have no place to play in Washington.
Still, the two sides are working toward a deal.