LaRoche has interest in playing for Nationals
Free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche said Monday that he has interest in playing for the Nationals and his representative is expected to meet with the club in the next couple of days.
LaRoche is a player that Nationals have had their eyes on for several months. He is a solid defensive first baseman and is coming off the best season of his career, hitting .261 with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs for the D-backs.
“In the next few days we are going to start some conversations with the Nationals,” LaRoche said via phone. “If we come on the same page, I would definitely have interest in playing for them.”
LaRoche believes the Nationals are headed in the right direction after they agreed to terms with outfielder Jayson Werth on a seven-year, $126 million contract on Sunday.
“I think it shows how serious the Nationals are about getting the organization back on track and becoming a contender in the National League East,” LaRoche said. “They are probably tired of watching other teams [spend money and winning]. With the ballpark [Nationals Park] and a little money to spend, they are looking to start over.”
LaRoche has played in the big leagues for seven seasons. He is best known for playing with the Braves, but he has also spent time with the Red Sox and Pirates. During those seven years, LaRoche has a .271 career batting average with 161 home runs and 569 RBIs.