For more than a week, it's seemed like there were two logical destinations for the two most prominent first basemen left on the free agent market; Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche. Now that Lee has a one-year deal with the Orioles, pending a physical, all roads would seemingly point LaRoche to the Nationals.
The 31-year-old reportedly had a three-year offer from the Orioles, and didn't take the deal. With that team, and offer, now off the market, the Nationals could seemingly get LaRoche for a two-year contract, likely in the range of $12-15 million. There aren't many teams left looking for first basemen, and the Nationals might represent LaRoche's most logical destination at this point. They'd be able to give him the multi-year deal he seeks, and he would put a left-handed bat back in their lineup, though he wouldn't give them the same kind of power or on-base percentage as Adam Dunn did.
The Nationals could also piece together a platoon with Michael Morse and a cheaper left-handed bat, like Russell Branyan or possibly even Nick Johnson. With the Orioles getting Lee, the Nationals' leverage with LaRoche has likely increased. Stay tuned.