Adam LaRoche, Washington still negotiating; other teams in play

Rob Carr

Though his preference is to remain with the Washington Nationals, free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche is in negotiations with other clubs as he seeks a three-year deal.

Adam LaRoche's preference is to remain with the Washington Nationals. LaRoche, however, isn't pinning his hopes on a return to Washington.

According to the Washington Post, LaRoche is in negotiations with "multiple" opposing clubs. Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the Boston Red Sox are interested in LaRoche in case Boston can't restructure a deal with free agent Mike Napoli.

If the Nationals and LaRoche cannot come to an agreement, the Nats may shift Michael Morse to first base, and allow Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Bryce Harper to roam the outfield.

Still, the club could re-sign LaRoche, and then opt to trade Morse to help the club in other areas.

LaRoche enjoyed one of the best years of his career in 2012, batting .271/.343/.510 with 33 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

It is believed that LaRoche is seeking a three-year deal, but the Nationals are reluctant to give the 33-year-old first baseman a three-year contract.

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