Nationals will try to retain LaRoche, their positional MVP

The Washington Nationals, to the surprise of no one, are going to try to keep first baseman Adam LaRoche with a new deal after the season.

LaRoche has a $10 million mutual option for 2013 the team is sure to accept and he's almost sure to decline after his brilliant season for the surprise first-place team. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said they haven't made any decisions on a new deal and won't until after the season, but sources say the team wants to keep LaRoche.

Rizzo didn't exactly hold back his praise of LaRoche's performance this year. "He's a terrific player. He's probably been our most consistent player," Rizzo said. "We love having him as a player on the club. He's exactly the player we thought he was.''

While LaRoche, hampered by injuries all last season, his first in Washington, probably isn't a candidate to win the NL MVP award, he should receive some votes on the 10 player ballots. He has 29 home runs, 92 RBI and a .270 batting average. He certainly is the Nats' positional MVP.

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