The Washington Nationals and Adam LaRoche have been unable to agree to terms on a new contract as of yet, leaving the 33-year-old first baseman as a free agent. A compelling team that has been rumored to have been linked to LaRoche has been the Boston Red Sox, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
Despite the addition that LaRoche could be to a team, he will not come without a price and a deal of more than one season. At this point, the Red Sox can not afford to invest in LaRoche. The number one reason for not going after LaRoche is his age and the need to change the philosophy the Sox have on the players that they sign.
The Red Sox made it clear that they were trying to dump salary and age last season when they traded away key players. This season, signing LaRoche, would only be taking a step back. Signing the 33-year-old, who has had his share of injuries throughout his career, would not be a wise decision. The fact that it would be coming at a steep price of at least two years would also make it very unwise.
The Red Sox do not need to make a move on LaRoche or anyone else for that matter as of yet. If they are in contention as the summer begins then they might be justified in going out and signing a player at first base, but if they are in for another sub-par season, then perhaps this is the year that they let some of their young talent shine at the big-league level.
LaRoche spent six games with the Red Sox in 2009 before being dealt in order to cut payroll before the trade deadline.