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Adam LaRoche | First Baseman | #25

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (36) / 11/6/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Seminole (OK) JC
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 29 (0) / ATL
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Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago says trading for an outfielder will be "more realistic" when Adam LaRoche's salary comes off the books.
LaRoche intends to retire after the White Sox told him his son would have to spend less time in the clubhouse. The White Sox will save $13 million if LaRoche retires, which could be used to bring an expensive trade piece to the Windy City. Levine named Carlos Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Jay Bruce as potential trade targets. In the meantime, LaRoche's decision to walk away could help Matt Davidson's chances of making the Opening Day roster. Mar 17 - 10:58 AM
Source: CBS Chicago

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Adam LaRoche chose to retire after White Sox president Ken Williams told him that he would have to bring his 14-year-old son into the clubhouse less often.

LaRoche's son, Drake, has traveled with his dad for several years and has been a regular presence in the clubhouse. We're guessing this would be less of a concern if LaRoche had a productive first season in Chicago, but the team's front office decided that they didn't want his son as a regular fixture with the team. LaRoche told the White Sox on Tuesday that he would take a "couple of days" before making a final decision about retirement, but he's prepared to walk away from $13 million.
Mar 16 - 3:21 PM

Adam LaRoche said Tuesday that he intends to retire.

LaRoche said he's walking away due to a personal issue and is confident in his decision. The 36-year-old batted just .207/.293/.340 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 127 games last season and was set to make $13 million in 2016. Assuming he's done for good, he'll wrap up his career with 255 lifetime homers and 1,452 hits. With LaRoche out of the picture, both Austin Jackson and Avisail Garcia figure to be regulars in Chicago's lineup.
Mar 15 - 2:29 PM

Adam LaRoche (back) could serve as the White Sox' designated hitter on Monday.

LaRoche has been nursing some back spasms for the last week but is ultimately expected to be fine. The veteran could really have his playing time squeezed this season following the White Sox' signing of Austin Jackson.
Mar 13 - 3:28 PM

Adam LaRoche (back) worked out on Wednesday.

But it will probably be a couple more days before he returns to Cactus League play. LaRoche made an early exit from a game over the weekend with back spasms and the White Sox are trying to play it safe here in early March with their veteran designated hitter. LaRoche, 36, batted just .207/.293/.340 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 127 games last season.
Mar 9 - 6:45 PM

Adam LaRoche (back) is expected to return to Cactus League action in a couple of days.

LaRoche made an early exit from a Cactus League game over the weekend after experiencing back spasms. It's clearly not serious. The 36-year-old batted just .207/.293/.340 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 127 games last season for the White Sox and might lose playing time at DH this year to Avisail Garcia. Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Austin Jackson figure to make up Chicago's regular starting outfield.
Mar 7 - 11:39 AM

Adam LaRoche will not require an MRI on his back.

LaRoche left Saturday's game with back spasms, but he doesn't have any nerve damage and felt much better on Sunday. He is considered day-to-day and should be ready to return to game action before the end of the week.
Mar 6 - 1:42 PM

Adam LaRoche left Saturday's Cactus League game against the Royals because of back spasms.

LaRoche flied out to left field and popped up to third base before exiting. Both of his at-bats were against Ian Kennedy. An injury this early on probably wasn't what LaRoche had in mind coming off a dismal year in 2015 (.207, 12 HR, 44 RBI in 127 games).
Mar 5 - 4:28 PM

Adam LaRoche slugged a solo homer against the Indians on Friday.

The White Sox tried and failed to move LaRoche over he winter, so he currently projects to open the season as Chicago’s primary designated hitter despite a nightmare 2015 where he batted just .207 with 12 home runs and a .609 OPS. The 36-year-old struck out in 27.5 percent of his plate appearances, so it’s hard to be optimistic about a return to form, but reaching 20 home runs is certainly possible if the at-bats are there.
Mar 4 - 6:48 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Adam LaRoche will have to "earn a job" in spring training.

The White Sox tried to trade LaRoche this offseason but couldn't find any takers. LaRoche is coming off one of his worst seasons but the White Sox still have a shortage of left-handed power bats. Assuming the White Sox don't make any more moves this offseason, LaRoche should open the year as Chicago's starting DH.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jan 30 - 5:24 PM

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the Pirates "said no to Adam LaRoche at a discounted rate."

The White Sox also talked to the Mariners about LaRoche, but they also turned them down before making a trade for Adam Lind. The feeling is that Chicago will probably have to eat at least $8 million of the $13 million LaRoche is owed next season in order to trade him, and even then it might not be enough. The 36-year-old hit just .207 with 12 home runs in 2015.
Source: CSN Chicago
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox are shopping veteran slugger Adam LaRoche.

The White Sox are hoping to clear LaRoche's salary in order to pursue a big bat, but moving him is going to be a challenge. The 36-year-old really struggled with the move over to the AL in 2015, batting just .207 with 12 home runs and a .634 OPS over 127 games. He's owed $13 million in 2016.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Adam LaRoche (knee) singled in one of his four plate appearances in his return to action Thursday.

LaRoche hadn't played for a couple weeks due to right patella tendinitis but was given a cortisone shot and will gut it out down the stretch. He's hitting a disappointing .211/.298/.346 this season.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 08:27:00 AM

Adam LaRoche (knee) has been given a cortisone shot and is close to returning to action.

LaRoche hasn't made a start since September 11 due to right patella tendinitis. He received an MRI but has apparently made enough progress to where a return is imminent. He's batting an ugly .211/.298/.347 for the White Sox this season.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Adam LaRoche is not in the White Sox' lineup Monday.

LaRoche has been battling right patella tendinitis over the last week, although he started Sunday's game. He's hitting a dreadful .211/.298/.347 in his first season with the White Sox. The Pale Hose have Avisail Garcia in the designated hitter spot and Trayce Thompson in right field Monday.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Omar Narvaez
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Carlos Sanchez
SS1Tim Anderson
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Jason Coats
CF1Austin Jackson
2J.B. Shuck
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Adam Eaton
DH1Justin Morneau
2Avisail Garcia
3Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jose Quintana
3James Shields
4Carlos Rodon
5Miguel Gonzalez
6Jacob Turner
7Anthony Ranaudo
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Matt Albers
4Zach Putnam
5Michael Ynoa
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings
8Daniel Webb
9Chris Beck
10Tommy Kahnle