The Rock Returns

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The Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a third year mutual option with free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche on Tuesday. The 33-year-old is coming off a stellar 2012 campaign in which he led the club with 100 RBI and a career-high 33 home runs, earning both the National League Silver Slugger Award and his first career Gold Glove.

LaRoche led the Nationals in home runs and RBI in 2012.

LaRoche led the Nationals in home runs and RBI in 2012.

A nine-year Major League veteran, the left-handed slugger has hit 20 or more home runs six times, totaling 197 for his career. LaRoche played a key role in Washington’s 2012 NL East title run, playing in 154 games, second only to Danny Espinosa’s 160 appearances. He finished the regular season particularly strong, swatting 10 home runs with a .324/.390/.667 slash line over 30 games in September/October.

LaRoche’s return solidifies the Nationals for the near future in more ways than one. With LaRoche at first base, Washington infield defense ranks among the strongest in the game, with super defenders up the middle in Espinosa and Ian Desmond and another former Gold Glove winner at third base in Ryan Zimmerman. LaRoche also provides a second left-handed power bat to complement Bryce Harper in the middle of the Washington order, providing tremendous balance for a team that ranked fourth in OPS and second in home runs in the National League last year.

Finally, the Nationals will welcome the return of LaRoche’s veteran presence in the clubhouse. A leader on the field and an example off of it for the youngest team in the Major Leagues in 2012, “The Rock” is back, which should be an encouraging sign for Nationals fans everywhere.

7 Comments

yahoooooooooo!! i’m a HUGE fan ofl the nationals – i’ve got natitude!! i greatly feared adam wouldn’t be our first basement next season!! i’m soooooooooooo relieved – he’s the BEST first basemen ever!!! he so completes the best team in the league – go nats!! go for the pennant!!

Great news! So happy to have LaRoche back in the mix. Will be very sad to see Mikey Mo go, though.

Keep Mikey Mo too. We need the depth. Injuries are a part of the game.

So happy Adam is returning to man first base for the Nats. Davey wanted him back so he’s back. Adam was a key player in getting the team to the playoffs and he will be key in getting us to the WS. As per Davey J

Bravo, Monsieur LaRoche…si bon de vous avoir don le pli !
A line up of L/R-L/R-L/R-L/R-P, no comfort for opposite moundsmen here…
As you know LaRoche is french for “the rock” which, taking Desmond and Espinosa into account, makes Zimmerman “a hard place” where batsmen are sure to be, whomever is on the hill ! Hurrah !

Yahoo!!!!!! Was holding my breath!! Soooooooo glad LaRoche is back!!!! Like Tatoos on this Town!!!

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