Almost two months ago, I wrote this post about where Adam LaRoche would fit best for the 2013 season. The Nationals, Red Sox, and Rangers seemed to be the top suitors. The Orioles also showed some interest. However, the Red Sox, Rangers, and Orioles never made an actual offer to Adam.
Adam held out as long as he could for a three-year deal, but the Nationals would only offer two. Finally, yesterday Adam agreed to the two-year deal the Nats have been offering all season. The deal is worth $24 million over the next two years, with a mutual option for the 2015 season. Several sources had said that though Adam desired a three-year deal, he would be satisfied with an option for a third year, and that’s what he got.
Adam stated that a big reason for his desire to return to Washington is to be there for manager Davey Johnson’s last year before retirement. Adam and Johnson have had a good relationship during Adam’s time in DC, and Adam likes what Johnson has done with the team. Adam has also enjoyed the winning atmosphere in Washington and wants to continue to be a part of it. “I had a lot of managers, and Johnson is right at the top,” Adam said Wednesday. “So aside from how good this team is going to be, one big reason for coming back is what Johnson said. It is going to be his last year.”
Nationals fans can put their minds at ease for a few more years with Silver Slugger Gold Glover Adam LaRoche stationed at 1st base.