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Adam LaRoche rumors: Red Sox calling, Nats talks in stalemate

The Red Sox are pursuing LaRoche as an alternative to top priority Mike Napoli.


While Mike Napoli is believed to be their "No. 1 target," the Red Sox are also in discussions with free-agent outfielder Adam Laroche to take over at first base in Boston, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

The Red Sox are engaging in talk with free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche as a possible first-base alternative to Mike Napoli.

Boston is believed to have offered Napoli a three-year deal but is reluctant to add a fourth year. LaRoche is expected to command three years, though negotiations are just getting started.

The 33-year-old LaRoche is still in talks with the Nationals about returning to D.C. for a third season, but the two sides are not close to a deal at the moment, according to Bill Ladson of The Red Sox could be willing to go three years with the lefty slugger, which would better the Nationals’ standing two-year offer.

After an injury-plagued 2011, the lefty slugger put together a career year this past season, hitting .271/.343/.510 with a career-high 33 home runs in 154 games.