The Chicago White Sox have signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal worth $25-million dollars according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
The Chicago #WhiteSox just signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a 2 year, $25 million contract.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 22, 2014
The 35-year-old has been in the Major League Baseball for 11-years. He has played with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and now he is with the White Sox.
Jose Abreu and LaRoche will provide a huge punch for the White Sox in the middle of the lineup. Abreu won AL Rookie of the Year after slashing .317/.383/.581 and blasting 36 long balls and nabbing 107 RBI’s. He played in 145 games for the White Sox in his first big league season.
LaRoche has had continued success even at the age of 35. He was able to slash .259/.362/.455 and he even hit 26 home runs and 92 RBI’s over 140 games with the Nationals in 2014.
With Abreu as the team’s first baseman, LaRoche will most likely see his time in the designated hitter role in the White Sox lineup.
Just a few days back, the Miami Marlins offered LaRoche a 2-year, $20-million deal, obviously he wanted more money than they could offer. That is what led him to sign with the White Sox. It is also why this deal came out of nowhere. It was very unexpected.