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08:15 AM ET 11.08 | Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche has an awfully big decision on his hands. [LaRoche] is garnering enough interest that he's expected to reject the Washington Nationals' $13.3 million qualifying offer by Friday's deadline. LaRoche, 33, is being pursued by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, in addition to the Nationals, major-league sources said Wednesday. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, LaRoche is allowed to re-sign with the Nationals even if he rejects the qualifying offer. The Gold Glove winner and team leader in home runs and RBI appears headed for a multiyear contract -- in Washington or elsewhere. The Rangers' interest in LaRoche is yet another sign that they are preparing for life without superstar free agent Josh Hamilton.

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November 8, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Aside from the $$$$ he could sign for, why would he go anywhere else but DC?

November 8, 2012  08:34 AM ET

There are two words that sum in it ECHO trip and GREED.

November 8, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Aside from the $$$$ he could sign for, why would he go anywhere else but DC?

Really???? I mean seriously??????

November 8, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Aside from the $$$$ he could sign for, why would he go anywhere else but DC?

I think you answered your own question.

November 8, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think you answered your own question.

Indeed.

November 8, 2012  09:54 AM ET

The Nationals are an exciting young club that could make it to the WS several times in the next 6-7 years so maybe he'd want to stay on board for that. When you can make $XM over say 5 years by staying put, would it really matter if you make $XM + $10M somewhere else? See Pujols, Albert....

November 8, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Aside from the $$$$ he could sign for, why would he go anywhere else but DC?

Also length of contract. I expect he will give DC a chance to match an offer from another team; but they may not want him as badly as some other teams do,

November 8, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Nationals are an exciting young club that could make it to the WS several times in the next 6-7 years so maybe he'd want to stay on board for that. When you can make $XM over say 5 years by staying put, would it really matter if you make $XM + $10M somewhere else? See Pujols, Albert....

Think about what you just said, that's 10 MILLION DOLLARS!! Even for a highly paid athlete that is a lot of jack. I know as fans we see these huge numbers and kind of go numb to how big they are but 10 mil is still a ton of money to anyone. It's not like the Nats went all out last year to win it all with him, Strasburg. That may send me packing alone.

November 8, 2012  11:38 AM ET

now wait a minute, laroche can't expect to be signed for a long term contract roll eyes to (pujols)
his age plays a terrible hump in his wish come truth, i mean 33 years old shouldn't allow laroche to get a confortable contract none with rangers, none with boston and none with the nationals, a two or 3 years deal is the highest deal this player should get, but everything points to be a 2 years deal any where right now,,,,,,,

November 8, 2012  11:54 AM ET

The name Adam LaRoche is not going to butts in the seats. Most teams are going to look at him and see a 33 year old gold glove first baseman that had a nice year and pay him accordingly. He will be cheered in DC, not sure he will be anyplace else.

November 8, 2012  02:17 PM ET

At least the two teams linked to him would be good fits. He could keep his production high for longer thanks to the Fisher Price sets those teams play in.

November 8, 2012  03:15 PM ET

He would be a good fit in Boston.

November 8, 2012  03:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He would be a good fit in Boston.

boston would benefit greatly but as long its a short term deal,,,

November 8, 2012  04:04 PM ET

This could be another case where one gets a big contract then begins to fall on his face.

November 8, 2012  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

boston would benefit greatly but as long its a short term deal,,,

I don't think the Red Sox want to give veteran players like LaRoche and Ross anything beyond a 2 yr deal.

November 8, 2012  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I don't think the Red Sox want to give veteran players like LaRoche and Ross anything beyond a 2 yr deal.

Good point. I forgot he was 33.

November 8, 2012  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

short term deal,

that's why i said short term deal, one or two years deal and nothing else,,,,

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November 8, 2012  11:24 PM ET

Sox never should have traded LaRoche for Kotchman.

 
November 9, 2012  05:07 AM ET

Good Player worth a 3 Year deal, 4 Yrs would be pushing it and lower price 3 Yrs @ 50 mil 4 Yrs 58mil.

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