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.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.