Latest Update LaRoche said he wants to finish career in Washington, but not his decision. Fri Oct, 10, 04:34 PM
Has the look of a classic first baseman: big and strong with a power bat that produces lots of home runs and RBI. He also catches left-handed and is solid around the bag. Can draw a lot of walks.
Flaws: : Will go on some big strikeout binges and lacks overall consistency at the dish. Also struggles to hit left-handed pitchers regularly. Has very little speed on the bases. Is prone to minor injuries.
The Nats have some tough decisions to make, especially with regard to LaRoche's place on the team. He had a solid second half with 14 home runs and 45 RBI, but with Ryan Zimmerman needing to come off third (and left field, for that matter) there's really no place else to put him except first base. This should be one of the more interesting story lines to follow this winter on the MLB hot stove.Analyst: Howard Bender
Two doubleheaders in two days plus the playoffs looming means rest for the Nationals' starters. Tyler Moore will bat fifth and play first base.Analyst: David Kerr
LaRoche went 1-for-4 in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. He'll get the night off unless the Nats decide they need a pinch-hitter for Game 2. Tyler Moore will play first base for the nightcap.Analyst: Howard Bender
LaRoche has been very good in the heart of Washington's lineup. He has posted a .362 on-base percentage this season to go along with 26 home runs. He is ready to go for the playoffs.Analyst: David Kerr