Free agent-to-be Adam LaRoche would like to finish his career with the Nationals, as Chase Hughes of Nats Insider details. It isn’t likely to happen, though, as the Nationals are likely to move Ryan Zimmerman to first base on a full-time basis while Anthony Rendon will be a permanent fixture at third base, Zimmerman’s old position.
LaRoche, who turns 35 in November, wrapped up the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract. The two sides have a $15 million mutual option for 2015, but the Nationals are expected to instead pay the $2 million to buy him out of his contract.
During the 2014 season, LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI, ranking among the more productive offensive first basemen in the league. With the Nationals likely out of the picture, the Brewers are expected to show the most interest in LaRoche during the off-season.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.