Report: Chicago White Sox sign Adam LaRoche

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Sep 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) singles in his 3rd RBI of the game in the 3rd inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The official web site of the Chicago White Sox is reporting that MLB.com sources are saying the Chicago White Sox have signed free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million deal.

Nothing has been officially announced by the White Sox, but for two years, and with LaRoche being 35 years old, I like this deal. Sure, the money is a little more than what I expected it to be for a veteran of his age, but for two seasons, this isn’t that bad of a deal for the White Sox.

This signing of LaRoche doesn’t break the bank, and they now have some veteran leadership on the roster. The White Sox add a veteran player who has postseason experience and is coming from a team that won their division in the Washington Nationals in ’14.

This past season, LaRoche batted .259 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage. He also had 26 home runs and 92 RBIs. LaRoche also walked 82 times in ’14. Of his 128 total hits, LaRoche tallied 19 doubles.

Those aren’t bad numbers.

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That is what I like about this signing … the left-handed bat of LaRoche will protect slugger Jose Abreu in the batting order, and that is one of the most important aspects of the team headed into the ’15 season.

It looks like with his defense, LaRoche will play a majority of his time at first base, leaving Abreu as a designated hitter on the team. LaRoche is a former Gold Glove award winner.

Once this signing becomes official, Southside Showdown will have more opinions and analysis of the free agent signing.