Adam LaRoche will be a National again. After a long period of negotiations between LaRoche and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, the two came to an agreement midday on Tuesday for LaRoche to remain at first base for the next two years. This news was first reported by the Post’s Adam Kilgore on Twitter. The Nationals had been holding the line for a two-year deal, while LaRoche had been pushing for a three-year deal.
The move will likely force the Nationals to trade popular 1B/OF Michael Morse, whose iconic late-inning walkup music was the single most unique stadium tradition of the young franchise. Morse lost his outfield spot to the newly acquired Denard Span, who will likely takeover CF duties, moving Bryce Harper to LF. With LaRoche playing at 1B, there is no place for Morse in the starting lineup.
According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, LaRoche is in Kansas City today for the physical.
No word yet on the terms of the deal beyond its length.