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Adam LaRoche rumors; or, the Winter Meetings in a nutshell

Adam LaRoche, A.J. Ellis

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Adam LaRoche hits a home run to score Stephen Drew as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis looks on during the fifth inning of their baseball game, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)


This is pretty much how it goes all week here:

  • Writer A says that the Washington Nationals are poised to sign Adam LaRoche;

  • Writer B says, no, nothing imminent. There are talks, nothing more, and other teams are still interested.

Then everyone rushes to see who is listed as LaRoche’s agent in order to try to get a comment from him. Then you stroll around the lobby to try to find the Nationals’ Assistant Associate Vice-Vice-Vice President of Non-Critical Operations to see if you can read any tells off his face when he says “fine” after you ask him how his day is going.

It’s all very scientific, really.