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Nationals rumors: Talks with LaRoche progressing slowly

Negotiations between the Nats and their first baseman aren't going anywhere fast.

Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIR

Ongoing contract negotiations between the Washington Nationals and first baseman Adam LaRoche are progressing "slowly", a source has told Bill Ladson of

Negotiations between the Nationals and first baseman Adam LaRoche are going slowly, according to a source familiar with the talks.

The source said LaRoche's top priority is to re-sign with the Nats, but the slugger is also thinking about his family, which includes two children.

The 33-year-old LaRoche -- who already turned down the Nats' one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer -- is seeking at least a three-year deal after putting together his best season this year with the Nats. The lefty slugger hit .271/.343/.510 with thirty-three home runs in one hundred fifty-four games for the MLB's best regular season club.

The source also indicated to Ladson that LaRoche had spoken to several other teams, but no names have been given. Both the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have been tied to the free agent first baseman in rumors.