First baseman Adam LaRoche is set to return to the nation's capital in 2013 after reportedly agreeing on a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post:
Source: The Nats have agreed to terms with Adam LaRoche on a two-year deal.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 8, 2013
Acc. to source, LaRoche's deal is $24 million guaranteed: $10m for '13, $12m for '14, $2m buyout of mutual opt for '15: ht.ly/gDMJ6— Amanda Comak (@acomak) January 8, 2013
The 33-year-old LaRoche batted .271 in 154 games for Washington in 2012. The veteran also recorded 155 hits, 100 RBI and 33 home runs last season, helping lead the Nationals to the postseason for the first time since the franchise moved to D.C.
LaRoche struggled in five postseason games for Washington, however, batting just .176 and recording three hits in the Nationals' National League Division Series defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Still, LaRoche returning to the Nationals lineup would mean Washington wouldn't need to worry about any inconsistency at first base. It will have a veteran presence at the corner as well as a big-time regular-season hitter.
He played in a career-high number of games and recorded a career-high 571 at-bats this past season.
LaRoche originally signed a two-year deal with the Nationals in January 2011. He suffered a shoulder injury in 2011 that kept him out of the lineup for most of the season and batted a dismal .172 in 43 games in his first season with the team.
LaRoche made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves back in 2004.
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