The calendar has already turned to 2013 and there are some major free agents who are still on the outside looking in for new teams in Major League Baseball. If there are teams looking for a first baseman, Adam LaRoche is still available for the taking. LaRoche has been a solid offensive force over the past number of years and could bring 20-25 home runs to the team who signs him. However, LaRoche is still waiting as January gets started.
LaRoche would be a nice fit back with the Washington Nationals, but the team would have to make the decision to trade Michael Morse in all likelihood for that to happen as right now, there are no places on the field left for LaRoche. There had been talk that LaRoche could go the Boston Red Sox if the Mike Napoli deal fell through, but that looks like it won’t happen. That leaves LaRoche looking around with not a ton of options. If LaRoche wants to try to get a one-year deal and then go back into free agency next year, I would suggest the Houston Astros.
The Astros are obviously going to struggle in 2013 with their move from the National League Central to the American League West, but first base is open there, with LaRoche’s only competition being the recently-signed Carlos Pena. Pena though could be Houston’s designated hitter, allowing LaRoche to play first base. It may take some wheeling and dealing to get LaRoche to consider Houston. LaRoche, though, may be looking at a reserve job with some other team instead of a starting job in Houston.
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