I think one factor that seems to be overlooked is how high a premium Rizzo puts on that. With LaRoche, we have an elite or near-elite fielder at every position. Without him, we don't, and we don't not only at first, but putting a mediocre fielder at first base turns the rest of the infield into less than elite. I'm expecting Rizzo to make a big push to sign him.
i think we've seen the premium Rizzo places on fielding.
I'll go out on a limb - we resign LaRoche by Monday, 3 years, $35 million.