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O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

Posted on: December 18, 2010 4:46 pm
Adam LaRoche The Orioles may be closing in on a deal with first baseman Adam LaRoche, offering the former Diamondback a three-year deal worth "at least $15M and could be between $16-$18M or more," writes MASN's Jen Royle .

The Orioles haven't exactly hidden their desire for a first baseman and willingness to spend some money.

LaRoche, 31, hit .261/.320/.468 with 25 homers and 100 RBI in 2010. He's hit at least 20 home runs in each of his six full seasons in the majors, including 25 in each of the last three seasons.

LaRoche, who signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million last January, had reportedly been looking for a three-year deal. If he's got one on the table from the Orioles for anywhere from $5 million to $6 million, it may be his best option.

The Rays, Nationals, Padres, Diamondbacks and Mariners are all still in the market for first basemen, with LaRoche and Derrek Lee the top of a depleted first base market left. Jorge Cantu, Troy Glaus, Casey Kotchman, Nick Johnson and Jason Giambi are also available.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2010 12:17 pm

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

There's one understated part about signing Adam LaRoche that seems to be left off a lot of the comments by these "inside" writers/bloggers-- What about LaRoche's defense?  In 2010 the Orioles were below average defensively and have added Mark Reynolds who was in the top 15 defensively of 3B starting more than 130 games and J.J. Hardy who, belive it or not, is 11th all-time in fielding percentage as a shortstop (that surprised me-- go to and check for yourself.).  Adding LaRoche to the mix (who is ranked 23rd all-time in fielding pct. at 1B) would go a long way to cutting down on errors as well as unearned runs-- the death of any pitching rotation.  With the super young staff we're going to be fielding for the next couple of seasons -- Jeremy Guthrie (31 on Opening Day 2011), Brian Matusz (23), Brad Bergesen (25), Chris Tillman (22), and some combination of Jake Arrieta (24), Rick VandenHurk (25), and Zack Britton (22) -- defense must be a priority.  This team is not going to score runs like the Red Sox or Yankees and we can't have the mistakes in the field that has plagued the O's for the better part of the last decade.  We're doing it the Oriole Way, everyone-- pitching and defense.  Let's see it get back to the way it should be!

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2010 9:56 pm

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

I think the Blue Jays should be in the market for a 1st Baseman as well.  I am not so sure how the platoon of Adam Lind/Edwin Encarnacion is going to work out but it could totally blow up in the Jays faces.  LaRoche or Lee would be a good fit and not compromise the team defensively.  Here's hoping if the O's are going to sign LaRoche they do it quick to get the Jays moving as well.

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2010 8:37 pm

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

i watched this guy play for the pirates, good D but if you need a clutch hit your better off letting the pitcher hit

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:32 pm

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

If the Orioles add LaRoche it definitely makes there lin-up pretty solid top to bottom.  There pitching is still a little young, but will improve.  I think the way the division is shaping up, unless the Rays add sombody spectacular, I see the Rays finishing last, behind the Orioles.  Soon we will return to the glory days, with the 2 birds at the top, Jays and Orioles!  maybe Cal Ripken can still play?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2010 9:47 am

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

LaRoche isn't worth 18 mil over 3 years, but everyone else is being overpaid so why not Adam.MLB will pay for this later when real superstars are due their contracts. Some, like Pujols will make 30 mil a year.Where does it end?

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:24 am

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

I like this deal.  Having a .260/25/100 guy in the lineup for only $6 million a year is a plus.  I like it better than getting Prince Fielder - which would cost the O's 3 or 4 prospects and addtional $18 million a year.  For what?  20 more HR's and 20 more RBI's and 20 more headaches.   Rather see the O's spend that money somewhere else - like the starting rotation.  Orioles have a good enough lineup if they bag LaRoche - its the starting pitching that needs to be addressed now.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:05 am

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

I liked him when he was here two years ago. Not sure why he changed his name from Aubrey to Adam though.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:57 pm

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

Jason Giambi still thinks he's going to get a job??? Wheres Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez while were at it..

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