It was a lazy Saturday until a little birdie told me Adam LaRoche was, in fact, offered the three years he was seeking from the Orioles, as I had initially reported. Now I hear the deal is worth at least $15 million and could be between $16-18 million or more.
The 31-year-old LaRoche, a left-handed hitter who hit 25 home runs and recorded 100 RBIs for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, made $4.5 million in 2010. So this is clearly an increase. With Andy MacPhail reportedly adding that third and crucial year, this is a great offer from Baltimore - and one LaRoche should absolutely take. My only concern with LaRoche is his lack of experience in the American League and in the tough AL East. But his defense will be an asset at first, especially with former teammate Mark Reynolds across the diamond.
I know everyone is anxious to hear who their new first baseman will be (or won't be), but these things take time, guys. Hang in there!