Tag:Adam LaRoche
Posted on: December 18, 2010 4:46 pm
 

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

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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Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 4:08 pm
 

A's swap for Nats' Willingham

Josh Willingham You know, it might be time to start keeping an eye on the Athletics.

They went 81-81 last season, and their weakness was clear: They pitched great, but they couldn't hit. But Oakland has made big moves on offense so far this winter and could be poised to make another. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the A's are in "serious discussions" to get outfielder Josh Willingham from the Nationals.

When you consider that the three outfielders who made the most starts for the A's last season combined for seven homers -- yes, seven -- they're looking at a big outfield upgrade. Coco Crisp played in just 75 games last season due to injuries, but if he returns to form he'll be productive in the leadoff spot. The A's got David DeJesus, a high average guy with a little power, in November. Adding Willingham, who's good for 20-plus homers when healthy, would give Oakland a formidable outfield.

The Nationals' motivation for moving Willingham would be money. He made $4.6 million last season and is arbitration-eligible, and Washington needs to pay Jayson Werth. They also could have other moves in the works, reportedly pursuing trades for pitchers Zack Greinke and Matt Garza and bidding on first basemen Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee.

Rosenthal said the Nationals would get two minor leaguers from the A's in exchange for Willingham.

UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says via Twitter the teams have a deal in principle, with the Nats getting "two young players, one of whom has major league experience."

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE : The deal is done. Washington receives fireballing reliever Henry Rodriguez, who can touch 100 mph, and minor-league outfilelder Corey Brown. Reports had GM Mike Rizzo demanding more for Willingham so this is a bit of a surprise, but the motivation may have been to get the left-fielder out of town after Rizzo refused to extend Willingham.

Rodriguez is the man with MLB experience and threw the second-fastest fastball in the bigs in 2010, touching 103.2 mph. He appeared in 29 games, hurling 27 2/3 innings of a 4.55 ERA, punching out 33 but walking 13. The 23-year-old will compete for the closer's job in Washington, which is wide open.

Brown, meanwhile, is a left-handed outfielder who appeared in Triple-A for the first time in 2010 as a 24-year-old. He hit just .193/.253/.378 in 148 plate appearances. He did, however, bash Double-A to the tune of .320/.415/.502 in 386 PA. With 22 stolen bases on the season, Brown could develop into a solid fourth outfielder for Washington.

Still, this package feels light for Willingham. Oh well, that's to Oakland's benefit who now have to figure out which starting outfielder hits the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 9:05 pm
 

Nationals interested in Derrek Lee

Lee The Nationals are on the hunt for a first-baseman and while earlier reports had the club interested in Adam LaRoche, that isnt the only first baseman the Nats are looking at.

The club is interested in Derrek Lee (pictured), who would provide an impact defensive first baseman who can hit for power in the middle of the lineup, as MLB.com reports. Lee may also bounce back from a season that saw him jettisoned to Atlanta from the Cubs and struggling with a thumb injury that required surgery.

The two aren't the only possibilities for first, however. GM Mike Rizzo said he is not ruling anything out when speaking about the position after losing out on free agent Carlos Pena.

"We will explore both options, so it expands our pool a little bit more," Rizzo said. "I don't ever want to feel rushed to do a deal. I think when you feel rushed to do a deal, you make a deal that you may not have wanted to do. So we are going to look at our options. We feel there are still good options out there, and we will see where they take us."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:11 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Pena, Konerko land in Chicago

Pena Both Chicago squads solidified their first-base solutions Wednesday. The Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with Carlos Pena (pictured), while Paul Konerko has landed back with the White Sox as CBSSports.com's Scott Miller reports.

Pena inked a one-year, $10 million deal aimed at rehabilitating his value after hitting just .196 while whiffing 158 times. He did add 87 walks and 28 home runs, so he wasn't a complete liability at the plate. However, it's a far cry from his .282 batting average in 2007 or even .247 in 2008. The batting average drop trend continued in 2009 with a .227 mark, so Pena has a lot of work on his hands to drive that batting average up.

For the Cubs' side, it represents a low-risk, high-reward deal that adds a slugger to the middle of the order as the Cubs attempt to retool their club on the fly.

The White Sox, meanwhile, have a three-year, $37.5 million deal in place for Konerko that returns him to the South Side. Konerko will pair with Adam Dunn at first base and DH and give the ChiSox a middle of the order to be reckoned with.

The Nationals were hoping to reel Pena into town, but now that it's no longer an option, Washington is turning its focus to Adam LaRoche as MLB.com reports.

"In the next few days, we are going to start some conversations with the Nationals," LaRoche said Monday. "If we come on the same page, I would definitely have interest in playing for them."

LaRoche hit .261/.320/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI, which represents the best RBI totals of his career by far although he didn't go on his second-half rampage as per usual. If the Nats opt not to bring LaRoche into the fold, the club could look internally with displaced right fielder Mike Morse having a shot at the gig.



-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:21 am
 

LaRoche interested in Nationals

Surprise, surprise -- a free agent is interested in signing with the Nationals. Hell, I'm gonna corner Mike Rizzo and see if he wants to throw any money may way while he's handing out bad contracts.

Anyway, free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche tells MLB.com's Bll Ladson that he is interested in playing for the Nationals and is scheduled to meet with them in the next couple of days.

"We are going to start some conversations with the Nationals," LaRoche said. "If we come on the same page, I would definitely have interest in playing for them."

And heck, here's betting LaRoche, 31, may even look to sign for less than seven years and $126 million.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 5:38 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 8:37 pm
 

D-Backs decline option on LaRoche

Adam LaRoche And in a day filled with unsurprising option decisions, here's another: the Diamondbacks have declined their &.5 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche.

The Diamondbacks owe LaRoche $1.5 million for declining the mutual option.

LaRoche hit .261/.320/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI for the Diamondbacks. Decent numbers, but the free agent market is expected to be filled with first basemen and there's certain to be a cheaper option that can give similar production at a better price.

The Diamondbacks attempted to negotiate a deal with LaRoche to bring him back, but he seemed to want to test the free agent market. It may not be the best time to do that as a first baseman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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