WASHINGTON -- As of Monday, according to person familiar with free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, the two parties are not close to a deal.
The Nationals made a qualifying offer of $13.3 million to LaRoche this past Friday, LaRoche has until 5 p.m. ET this Friday to decide whether to accept the offer.
LaRoche said he would like to return to the Nationals, but he wants a multiyear deal. LaRoche had a mutual option that was worth $10 million, but he turned that down last Thursday morning.
LaRoche and Rizzo were not available for comment. If the Nationals are unable to re-sign LaRoche, they most likely will put Michael Morse back at first base.