White Sox Poll: What has been the best recent move?
Sep 7, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hits a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
November 25, 2014: Adam LaRoche signs 2-year free agent deal
This was the move that really began what was the signing frenzy the White Sox have taken part in this offseason thus far.
LaRoche will end up being a very quiet but successful signing for the White Sox as the newest designated hitter, replacing Adam Dunn, who held the post for most of the season in ’14.
Though LaRoche is 35 years old, I believe he’ll be a big addition to the roster became he’ll be able to help Abreu with his defensive play, because LaRoche was a NL Gold Glove finalist in ’14 at first base. In ’12, he won the award.
The past four seasons at first base, LaRoche had fielding percentages of (’11-14) 1.000 (412 chances), .995 (1,367 chances), .991 (1,251 chances) and .994 (1,200 chances).
At the plate last season, LaRoche batted a respectable .259 in 140 games (494 at-bats). In that span, what is good about LaRoche is he had 92 RBIs and 19 doubles.
LaRoche wasn’t cheap for the White Sox, as he’ll be paid $12 million in ’15 and $13 million in ’16.
Though he won’t be getting the chances he’s become accustomed to at first base since he’ll be the designated hitter most of the time, just having LaRoche there as a veteran leader who has played in the postseason is a great thing to have.
Plus, maybe he’ll become a mentor of sorts for Abreu at first base to help him improve his game at the position.