12/06/10 12:25 PM EST
LaRoche interested in signing with Nationals
Slugging first baseman likes new direction in Washington
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
LaRoche is a player whom the Nationals have had their eyes on for several months. He is a solid defensive first baseman and is coming off his best season of his career, hitting .261 with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs for the D-backs in 2010.
"In the next few days, we are going to start some conversations with the Nationals," LaRoche said via phone. "If we come on the same page, I would definitely have interest in playing for them."
LaRoche believes the Nationals are going in the right direction after agreeing to terms with outfielder Jayson Werth on a seven-year, $126 million contract on Sunday.
"I think it shows how serious the Nationals are about getting the organization back on track and becoming a contender in the National League East," LaRoche said. "They are probably tired of watching other teams [spend money and winning]. With [Nationals Park] and a little money to spend, they are looking to start over."
LaRoche has played in the big leagues for seven seasons, playing with the Braves, Red Sox and Pirates. The left-handed hitter has a .271 career average with 161 home runs and 569 RBIs.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.