Kilgore: Nationals, Adam LaRoche Agree To Two-Year Deal

Rob Carr

An alternative to Mike Napoli has come off the board

While negotiations with Adam LaRoche and the Boston Red Sox never appeared to be serious, they won't exist in any capacity starting now:

Since the Red Sox are likely ending up with Mike Napoli anyway, maybe this isn't a significant announcement. But, because one more potential suitor is off the block, and one fewer replacement is available to Boston, maybe this is the push the two sides need to move towards a conclusion in their own negotiations.

It also might help the Red Sox out a bit, as LaRoche, who hit .271/.343/.510 last year with the Nats, had to settle for just two years rather than the three he was searching for. If the Red Sox give Napoli three years as planned, but with language that protects them from a future hip injury for the final year of the deal, then he's, at worst, on the same plane as LaRoche. Unlike LaRoche, though, he'll have the possibility of that third year that the former just couldn't secure from anyone.

Until Napoli officially signs, there is the chance of a trade for Mike Morse, who won't be playing first base for Washington now that LaRoche is back. While the rumor is out there that lefty relief is what the Nationals desire for Morse, that seems... low. He's entering his final year of arbitration, and hit .294/.343/.514 over nearly 400 games with Washington. If something goes awry with the Napoli deal, and lefty relievers are indeed what they're looking for, Boston does have an abundance of them. But you have to think, given Morse's performance, low cost, and the lack of long-term commitment attached, he'll have plenty of suitors available to drive the price up beyond the range of the Andrew Millers of the world.

For whatever it's worth, if I had to put money on who ends up with Morse, it would be the Rays, who are currently playing with James Loney-shaped fire at first base.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker