Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Immediately, most every single story about that incident mentioned that Adam LaRoche has ADD--Attention Deficit Disorder. I've never forgotten that moment and that was, of course, the first thought that came to mind when Washington reportedly signed Adam LaRoche this evening to a two-year contract with a mutual option for a third.
LaRoche is a league average player with some pop in his bat. And despite ADD, LaRoche is going to catch more errant throws around the bag defensively than Adam Dunn was capable. That's all fine.
But we are not exactly sure why if LaRoche was, indeed, the last 1st Baseman standing available (which no other team was willing to sign)--why was he then able to get such a rich contract of $7 million & $8 million per year (with a $10 million mutual option for 2013 or a $1 million buyout) from Washington?
Even though Washington was clearly in the hole at 1st Base after letting Adam Dunn walk with no one else on the horizon, do you really have to put that much money on the table for a league average player?
Signing Adam LaRoche is fine, especially since it's not for long term. We just need to understand the contract.