Friday, January 7, 2011
LaRoche signing official
LaRoche and the Nats came to terms on the deal Tuesday evening, but it was contingent upon his passing the physical. The contract calls for him to earn $7 million this year and $8 million next year. There is a $10 mutual option for 2013, but the Nationals have the ability to buy that out for $1 million. Thus, LaRoche is guaranteed to make at least $16 million over two years and could wind up making as much as $25 million over three years.
The 31-year-old is a career .271 hitter over seven big-league seasons with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox and Diamondbacks. He has hit exactly 25 home runs each of the last three years and set a career high with 100 RBI last season with Arizona (though his .261 batting average, .320 on-base percentage and .468 slugging percentage all fell below his career averages).
The Nationals still need to remove someone from their 40-man roster to clear space for LaRoche. They've likely already placed that player on waivers and are waiting to find out if he passes through unclaimed so he can be outrighted to the minors leagues.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 4:04 PM