By Marc Weinreich
January 08, 2013

Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche is expected to sign a two-year, $24 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to tweets on Tuesday from ESPN's Buster Olney. He had initially declined a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Nationals earlier in the offseason because he had been seeking a deal for three years.

According to the report from ESPN, the deal he has now is guaranteed and is structured such that LaRoche will get $10 million in the first year, $12 million in the second year and a $2 million mutual buyout option for year three in 2015. He is coming off an impressive season in which he recorded 33 home runs and driving in 100 runs. LaRoche also won the Gold Glove at first base with the Nationals last season.

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