Marlins strongly pursuing LaRoche

Despite locking up Giancarlo Stanton with a record 13-year, $325 million deal, the Marlins seem to be far from done when it comes to spending money this offseason.

The club is reportedly showing a strong interest in free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

Though the Marlins just inked Stanton to his record deal, the contract is heavily backloaded, giving the Marlins some financial flexibility for the immediate future. Stanton will make just $30 million over the first three seasons of the deal, a compromise he was willing to make if it meant increasing the team’s chances to win.

The Marlins certainly seem intent on doing that, setting their sights first on LaRoche, who racked up 26 home runs and 92 RBIs this past season for the Nationals.

LaRoche, 35, averaged 26.3 homers over the past three seasons for the Nats and would figure to provide an upgrade from the .254/.313/.402 batting line put up by Marlins first basemen Garrett Jones, Jeff Baker and Justin Bour this past season. LaRoche, meanwhile, put up a .259/.362/.455 line in Washington.

Aside from the Marlins, the White Sox and Padres have also checked in on LaRoche, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Other teams are reportedly keeping him in mind in the event that a potential trade creates a need at first base.

— Paul Casella

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