The Washington Nationals announced a two-year, 24 million dollar deal to retain the services of Adam LaRoche and his sweet tattoo. What that means to Red Sox fans: we don’t have a first baseman. There were rumors (though a bit far-fetched) that the Napoli deal (which evidently is more complex than the Geneva Conventions) was not a priority because a trade for LaRoche was being discussed. Well, conversation over.

Peter Abraham, who has been kicking ass with his off-season Red Sox coverage, wrote about some of the Red Sox options if the elusive Mike Napoli doesn’t come to town. Not very promising, eh?

Remember when the Red Sox had too many guys to play first? And the dismal off-season continues…