Dec 31, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT
The Nationals’ first base dilemma may finally be nearing its resolution.
Derrek Lee has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Orioles, according to the Baltimore Sun. Lee, 35, must still pass a physical before the deal becomes official, but that’s expected to be a formality.
Which leaves Adam LaRoche as the lone first baseman of significance remaining on the free-agent market, and the Nationals as the lone remaining club looking to sign a significant first baseman. LaRoche, who hit .261 with 25 homers and 100 RBI for the Diamondbacks last season, has been seeking a three-year contract. The Nats, according to club sources, are willing to offer him a two-year deal.
LaRoche, 31, must now decide whether to accept the Nationals’ offer or hold out in hopes another team needs help at first base and comes calling.
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