The Orioles and LaRoche: Could it be a match?

The Orioles and LaRoche: Could it be a match?
December 3, 2012, 4:45 pm
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The Orioles and Adam LaRoche. That’s a story we’ve heard before.

LaRoche and the Nationals haven’t been able to agree on a new contract. He wants three years, and the Nationals are stuck on giving him two.

The Orioles need a first baseman, and LaRoche may be a better bet than Mark Reynolds. Last Friday, the Orioles announced they didn’t offer Reynolds a contract. Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations, was afraid that Reynolds would earn too much in arbitration for the Orioles’ taste.

In order for the Orioles to get serious on LaRoche, they’ll probably have to go three years. At 33, it may be a stretch.

The Red Sox have been mentioned as a possible suitor, but now that they’ve agreed on a three-year deal with Mike Napoli, LaRoche is off the table for them. Tampa Bay signed James Loney, and that narrows LaRoche’s options.

If he’ll agree on two years with the Nationals, the Orioles may be out. If the Orioles go for three, maybe they get LaRoche.

Or perhaps the Orioles will trade for a hitter, which is what Duquette has said they’d do all along.