The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to the Washington Post.
The Post’s Adam Kilgore reports the 33-year-old veteran has agreed to terms on a two-year deal to remain in Washington after testing the free agency market since the close of the season.
While terms have not been made public, the original offer made to LaRoche – a Gold Glover and Silver Slugger in 2012 – is believed to be worth around $25 million.
He was looking for a longer contract elsewhere, but was not able to find a franchise willing to justify a three-year deal for an aging corner infielder that would likely command high draft pick compensation.
LaRoche hit 33 Home Runs and 34 doubles while boasting a .271/.343/.510 hitting line in 2012.
This move likely signals the end of Michael Morse’s tenure with the Nats, who would have moved to first base had LaRoche not resigned. Instead, he now finds himself the odd man out in an Opening Day outfield that would feature Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and newly acquired Denard Span.
Morse, just one year removed from a 33 HR, 95 RBI 2011 season, through trade could offer the Nationals a terrific opportunity to rebuild their pitching depth after trading away many of their top prospects over the last two years.