And, according to multiple sources, the Orioles have legitimate interest in adding LaRoche.
But the situation is complicated, and the real stumbling block isn’t a three-year deal -- which LaRoche apparently is seeking and what the Nationals reportedly are not about to give. And it’s not the money, which would likely be more than $10 million per season.
Some within the Orioles’ organization would be willing to give LaRoche a third year on a fair-market deal, but if they signed him, it would run counter to executive vice president Dan Duquette’s plan of rebuilding from the draft.
A LaRoche signing by the Orioles would mean the loss of their first-round draft pick in 2013 (the 24th pick overall) because the Nationals made the pending free agent a qualifying offer this fall.
He'd be a nice sign but I don't want to give up a draft pick or give him three years.