Adam LaRoche (Designated hitter) Two-year, $25 million.
After the failed experiment that was Adam Dunn, this move took some time to grow on most people, myself included. LaRoche is just two years removed from placing sixth in the MVP voting with a 33 home run season and a slash line (.271/.343./.510).
A move to US Cellular field should only help the 35-year-old, especially hitting behind second year Cuban sensation Jose Abreu. LaRoche is not only expected to provide protection for Abreu in the batting order but will spell him at first base in hopes of keeping both players fresh.
LaRoche brings a defensive upgrade at first and should see his fair-share of favorable pitches and at bats. The designated hitter projects to have at least 25 home runs in year one. He will also replace Dunn’s 0 WAR with a much nicer 1.6 WAR.