White Sox, Padres among teams with interest in free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche

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ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Tuesday afternoon that the Marlins have shown “aggressive interest” in free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. Now we can go ahead and add a few more teams to the list.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing from sources that the White Sox and Padres have also checked in on LaRoche, and there are other clubs viewing him as a “contingency if they make trades.”

LaRoche, 35, batted .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games this past season for the Nationals. Washington then declined his $15 million club option for the 2015 campaign because Ryan Zimmerman, who’s had health and throwing issues, is set to take over at first base.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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