WASHINGTON – Adam LaRoche will be on first base when the Washington Nationals season returns. The free agent has resigned with the team for a two-year deal worth $24 million guaranteed, the team confirms.
LaRoche’s contract includes $10 million the first year, $12 million the second and a $2 million buyout option for 2015 from either side, ESPN reports.
He was one of the reasons the Nationals made it to the post-season in 2012. So inside sources were not surprised when LaRoche turned down the team’s initial offer of $13.3 million.
LaRoche played a major role in paving the Nationals’ path to the National League East title in 2012. He had 33 home runs and won the Gold Glove at first base last season. Knowing what a play-maker his teammate is, Bryce Harper tweeted about the deal.
Laroche is back!!! Lets go! That’s right! #mlb13harper
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) January 8, 2013
With LaRoche signed, the Nationals most likely will trade Michael Morse, who was the everyday left fielder last season, reports MLB.com.