The Washington Nationals added the center fielder they wanted last week.
Now, they'll look to add the first baseman they desire as well.
It's pretty clear that Adam LaRoche wants to return to Washington, telling Adam Berry of MLB.com that he envisions his career ending in the nation's capital.
"I've made it as clear as I can that I want to come back," LaRoche said. "On the other hand, I've got two kids and a wife to worry about, too, so I can't do something stupid. I'm not looking to set a record deal by any means. Let's get something fair and let's go. I want to finish up in D.C., and then when I'm done there, I'll be done."
The feeling appears to be mutual, at least for manager Davey Johnson.
"They had an opportunity to talk, not over the phone or long distance," Johnson said. "Hopefully, they'll work something out. I really liked the trade to get a center fielder, but Adam makes our infield the best in baseball. Without him, we wouldn't have accomplished what we did last year."
With the trade for Span and the possible signing of LaRoche, it likely means that left fielder Michael Morse will be left without a job, at least in Washington.
Morse could be used to fill other needs for the Nationals, and Morse would provide a solid outfield bat with power for teams in need.
Answer: LaRoche signs and Morse goes. If the Nationals lose Sean Burnett and Mike Gonzalez to free agency, they'll have some holes to fill in their bullpen. They're also looking for back-end rotation help. Morse could help in plugging some of those holes.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.