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Orioles meet with LaRoche's agent; first base options dwindling (update, Konerko)

Cross two more first basemen off the Orioles' wish list.

Last night, slugger Carlos Pena reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $10 million with the Chicago Cubs last night, leaving the Orioles with one less option for their first-base vacancy.

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Then this morning it was reported that Paul Konerko has re-upped with the Chicago White Sox for three years at $14 million per season.

The Orioles had major interest in Konerko, but frankly they assumed it was purely one way. No one in the organization expected him to leave Chicago. They saw this movie five years ago.

However, the Orioles met with the agent of one of those remaining options, Adam LaRoche, yesterday at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

The Orioles are certainly interested in LaRoche, but so are several other teams, including the Washington Nationals.

LaRoche, 31, batted .261 with 25 homers and 100 RBIs. He's also considered a good defensive first baseman. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has emphasized several times that defense at first base is a big deal to him.

If the Orioles don't get LaRoche, they'll have to sort through the remaining options that include Derrek Lee, Lyle Overbay, Nick Johnson, Troy Glaus, Jorge Cantu, Russell Branyan and Hank Blalock.

It's hard to get too excited about those options.

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