LaRoche, Nationals reach dealThe wait for Adam LaRoche to make up his mind had played out long enough. It was time to decide if he would take the Washington Nationals’ offer or move on.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The wait for Adam LaRoche to make up his mind had played out long enough. It was time to decide if he would take the Washington Nationals’ offer or move on.
The slugging first baseman decided to stay with the Nationals on Tuesday, agreeing to a $24 million, two-year deal with a mutual option for a third year. He wanted a full three-year contract, but Washington was never going to offer one.
“I think we both were getting tired of the process,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “I made it clear to Adam that it’s time to get this thing done. Make a decision. Our offer is what it is. It’s been on the table for a while. It’s time to think of your options and pull the trigger if you want to be here.”
LaRoche’s return completes the final piece of an expected starting lineup for the defending NL East champions and renders Michael Morse expendable.
Now it will be the Nationals’ turn to test the trade market with Morse, who lost his outfield spot when Washington acquired Denard Span in a trade in November.
A-Rod out until All-Star break
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez is scheduled for hip surgery on Jan. 16.
The New York Yankees third baseman could be sidelined until the All-Star break because of the injury, which was disclosed by the team last month.
A-Rod has been undergoing physical therapy in preparation for the operation by Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
A 14-time All-Star and baseball’s priciest player at $275 million, Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. General manager Brian Cashman has said the team anticipates he will be sidelined four to six months after the operation.
Rangers raise ticket prices
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers are raising single-game ticket prices again after failing to win a playoff game, losing slugger Josh Hamilton in free agency and trading fan favorite Michael Young.
Most of the increases were $1 to $4 per ticket. The team also designated 36 of its 81 home games as more expensive premier games, up from 26 a year ago.