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.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.