INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — First baseman Adam LaRoche has until 5 p.m. Friday afternoon to formally accept or decline the Washington Nationals’ $13.3 million one-year qualifying offer but, as he’s seeking a multi-year deal, LaRoche is expected to decline it.
The Nationals and LaRoche’s representatives continue to talk about a new contract for the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger-winning first baseman but he’s also expected to draw interest from a number of teams.
If he does indeed decline that qualifying offer, and signs elsewhere, the Nationals will receive a compensatory pick in the 2013 draft from the team that acquires him.
Rizzo reiterated the Nationals’ desire to work something out with LaRoche on Thursday.
“We’d like to sign Adam LaRoche back, yes,” he said. “We have a bunch of different ways we could go.”
Agent Scott Boras, while not LaRoche’s agent, said Thursday he expects all nine players who received qualifying offers league-wide to turn them down. Boras does represent center fielder Michael Bourn, who is also expected to decline the qualifying offer he received from the Braves.