Report: O's have 'legitimate' interest in LaRoche

Report: O's have 'legitimate' interest in LaRoche
December 18, 2012, 12:45 pm
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As Adam LaRoche continues to play the waiting game this offseason in search for a deal, the possible landing sports for him have seemed to dwindle. But according to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have in fact a renewed interest in the first baseman that writer Dan Connolly calls “legitimate.”

LaRoche would obviously fit great with the Orioles, at least on the field. He is a guy who could slot right in to the middle of Baltimore’s order and would provide a clear upgrade defensively at first base. But given his relatively high contract demands, at least for free agents the Orioles have signed in recent years, would Baltimore pull the trigger?

The Orioles have been linked to several big free agents this offseason, and in other offseasons recently, but never seem to close the deal. They were even close to signing LaRoche in 2010 before he joined the Nationals, but fell short of his demands with just a two-year offer. LaRoche is once again looking for more than two years and is now 33.

If the Orioles are interested in acquiring a first baseman in general, and looking to replace Chris Davis, the Nationals may be the team to call. Beyond the free agent LaRoche, the Nats have both Michael Morse and Tyler Moore who can play the position at the major league level. Even if the Nats bring back LaRoche, they may be left with two good options for teams to trade for at the position.

Connolly also notes the Orioles would have to surrender a first round pick if they signed LaRoche to a deal and that could be the biggest reason it doesn’t happen. This would make it even more likely a trade would be better for Baltimore.

The Orioles may be interested in LaRoche, but to sign him they would need to stray from their recent history to make the move.