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Nationals Hope To Retain Adam LaRoche

The Nationals own the best record in baseball (85-52) thanks in large part to Adam LaRoche, who is healthy after missing most of last season due to a shoulder injury. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the team hopes to retain the first baseman beyond this season with a new contract. GM Mike Rizzo went on to praise his primary cleanup hitter...

"He's a terrific player. He's probably been our most consistent player," said Rizzo. "We love having him as a player on the club. He's exactly the player we thought he was.''

LaRoche, 32, has a $10MM mutual option for 2013 in his contract, though he is likely to decline his half while the team picks up theirs. He signed a two-year, $16MM deal with Washington prior to last season and has hit .270/.343/.511 with 29 homers in 130 games this year after playing in just 43 games last summer. The upcoming free agent class is light on first basemen, so LaRoche should have no problem finding a multi-year guarantee on the open market.

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