Wire Taps: Weekend In Review - Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche And Others Become Free Agents

Rob Carr

The World Series ended last night. The Washington Nationals now have a five-day window to negotiate exclusively with their free agents, including first baseman Adam LaRoche.

• The San Francisco Giants' four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers last night officially ended the 2012 MLB season. Immediately after the final out was recorded, players league-wide, including the Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche, Mark DeRosa, Mike Gonzalez, Sean Burnett and others, became free agents. The Nats now have a five-day window (which ends Saturday) to negotiate exclusively with those players that have become free agents. The only real Nats-related news of the past weekend came from the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore, who wrote on Friday that the Nationals and Adam LaRoche continued to talk about a contract that could keep the first baseman in the nation's capital after a .271/.343/.510 2012 campaign in which he hit 35 doubles, a career-high 33 HRs and finished at another career-high +3.8 fWAR. LaRoche is expected to decline the option he has for the 2013 season as he seeks a multi-year deal. "'Whether that’s two or four, that’ll be up to these guys,'" LaRoche told the WaPost's Mr. Kilgore, "'I would like to stay. I haven’t changed my position at all since I made it clear I wanted to stay here. I hope they get it done.'" The Nationals have until Saturday to reach a deal with LaRoche before he can start accepting offers from the rest of the league. Will LaRoche be a National next season? Links and lots of them, RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "I don’t know what stage you would say it is,' [Adam] LaRoche said in a phone conversation Friday afternoon, while on a hunting trip in Illinois. 'There’s nothing definitive. I don’t know if this is something that is a week out or two months out.'" - "Adam LaRoche, Nationals still talking contract" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

""All eligible players become free agents this morning, a group that will include Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, right-hander Edwin Jackson, left-handers Sean Burnett, Michael Gonzalez and Zach Duke and utilityman Mark DeRosa." - "Window with LaRoche closes Saturday" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "For the next five days, teams will have exclusive negotiating rights with their free agents. For the Nationals, that list includes right-handed starter Edwin Jackson, left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez, right-handed starter Chien-Ming Wang and infielder Mark DeRosa." - "Nationals Pastime: Let the offseason begin" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Of all of the 'new' numbers, however, the one that causes the most confusion is WAR (wins above replacement)." - "Phil Wood: WAR, what is it good for?" - Phil Wood, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "Well as soon as Buster Posey squeezed Sergio Romo's final strike Sunday night, Edwin Jackson, Michael Gonzalez and Mark DeRosa became free agents." - "A few thoughts now that the baseball season is over and the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "In reality, the Nationals might end up signing at least one outside free agent regardless of what happens with [John] Lannan and [Edwin] Jackson." - "Nationals Pastime: Looking at the rotation and the available starters on the market" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The San Francisco Giants’ victory over the Detroit Tigers to end the World Series last night cemented the start of full-blown free agency." - "Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett, others can become full-blown free agents Saturday" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "But in July, almost magically, something clicked. Zimmerman tore the cover off the ball that month, hitting .366/.434/.752. He also managed to club 10 home runs." - "Ryan Zimmerman: A Tale Of Two Seasons" - Chris Cwik, Fangraphs.com

• "[Chad] Tracy hit .269 with seven doubles, three homers and 14 RBI in 73 games for the Nationals this season, primarily as a pinch hitter." - "Nationals veteran Chad Tracy undergoes surgery on left knee" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

"Is [Ryan] Zimmerman injury-prone, and is that a concern for the Nationals considering they've got him under contract for seven more seasons and more than $100 million?" - "Is Zimmerman injury-prone?" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "The numbers that Zimmerman put up this season (.282/.346/.478 with 25 home runs and 95 RBIs) fall pretty much right in line with where he's been over the course of his career." - "Nationals Pastime: A closer look at Zimmerman's remarkable season (plus some spring training dates)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "You have to take any hitting stats with a grain of salt given the dry Arizona air and the altitude at some stadiums." - "Nationals' Rendon making slow progress" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "Davey Johnson: The swashbuckling leader injected confidence into the first-time-contending Nationals..." - "Nationals season in review: Biggest contributor" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "One way to ensure everyone’s peace and happiness is to cultivate a healthy respect for the diversity of other peoples and cultures."

• NATS MINORS/AFL UPDATES:

• "[Anthony] Rendon has played third base exclusively for the Rafters and said that he feels 100 percent healthy following recovery from a fractured left ankle suffered in April..." - "Rendon's ankle at 'full strength'" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "[Anthony] Rendon said he has always taken pride in his defense and he works on it just like he would his hitting approach." - "Rendon making strides in AFL to look the part defensively" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

AFL UPDATES (10/27): Salt River 12, Mesa 6 - Brian Goodwin - 2 for 4, 2 3B, 2 BB; Matthew Skole - 1 for 2, 2 BB; Jason Martinson - 1 for 4, 1 BB; Paul Demny - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB - BOX SCORE

AFL UPDATES (10/26): Salt River 8, Peoria 7 - Anthony Rendon - 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB; Aaron Barrett - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER - BOX SCORE

• "AFL Update: Oct. 28, 2012" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• "Now the franchise suddenly finds itself likely pegged as an NL favorite for years to come, where nothing short of yearly playoff trips will be acceptable." - "Going deep: Washington Nationals, with the help of many former Harrisburg Senators, will be a force for years" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

• "[Mark] Zuckerman's been covering the Nationals since they arrived from Montreal in 2005; he's seen a lot of downs before the ups of 2012." - "Going deep: Q&A with Washington Nationals beat writer Mark Zuckerman" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

• "Former Harrisburg Senators who made their Major League debuts in 2012." - "Going deep: These nine former Harrisburg Senators reached the big leagues in 2012" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

• "Season Review: 2012 Potomac Nationals" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "During work on an article on the connection between Washington baseball and Japan I came upon the story of Mr. James, 'Jimmy' Trimble. While some have read about him, I found it compelling enough to submit it." - "James 'Jimmy' Trimble III" - Karen and Kevin Flynn, D.C. Baseball History

• "A few Jayson Werth Halloween costumes..." - Nats Enquirer

• "Silly Season" - ouij, Natstradamus

• "Edwin is good enough that you wouldn't mind having him back next year at fair market value and you don't want to lose a potential draft pick you would get by making the offer." - "Wrapping up EJax" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• NL EAST/WORLD SERIES UPDATES:

• "A walk-off homer by Jayson Werth turns into a blown six-run lead to end the season the very next night." - "2012 World Series: No one always overcomes pressure, but everyone tries" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "So point the finger in one direction: The Giants’ starting rotation, which has taken Detroit’s entire lineup, locked it in the trunk of an Edsel and driven it into the Detroit River." - "2012 World Series: San Francisco Giants take three-game lead over Detroit Tigers with second straight shutout" - Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post

Braves: "With Brian McCann firmly entrenched at the position, the Atlanta Braves haven't had to worry about having a catcher waiting in the wings, but a rough 2012 season for McCann suddenly has Braves fans wondering what's on the farm." - "Bethancourt Is The Best Of The Atlanta Braves 2012 Top Catching Prospects" - cbwilk, Talking Chop

Mets: "In canvassing the officials, the terms that came up most often was about seven years at $127 million." - "If New York Mets pay David Wright $143 million, that should keep him with team" - Joel Sherman, NYPOST.com

Phillies: via David Murphy (@HighCheese):

Marlins: "The Miami Marlins are continuing their managerial search, and at least three candidates have been interviewed for the job opening." - "Miami Marlins Have Interviewed Mike Redmond, Bryan Price, Larry Bowa For Manager Position" - Michael Jong, Fish Stripes

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