Red Sox Emerge As Suitor For LaRoche

Two sources have told Jen Royle of SB Nation Boston that the Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche. Royle also learned that LaRoche is not willing to budge on his desire for a three-year deal.

Aug 01, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) bats during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I have speculated on numerous occasions that the Red Sox could make a play for LaRoche, because frankly, their the perfect solution for him. He’s seemingly out of suitors besides Washington, and thus has no leverage in demanding three years on a contract. Boston has plenty of money to spend, needs a first baseman, hosts a large media market and has a hitter-friendly ballpark; hardly an undesirable destination.

This news should not be taken lightly either. The Nationals offered LaRoche 2 years and $25-million, and the deal that the Red Sox gave Napoli was for 3 years and $39-million – roughly the same yearly salary. So, there’s evidence that Boston can match and potentially surpass the Nats in a bidding war.

Though nothing is reportedly imminent and LaRoche has shown he’s willing to play the waiting game, he’s also seen several of his suitors fade out, and may look to sign a contract before another one falls off the map. This is, again, pure speculation, but the logic makes perfect sense.

Topics: Adam LaRoche, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals

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