Adam LaRoche has agreed to a 2 year, $25 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to Bob Nightengale.
LaRoche, 35, put up a .259/.362/.455 line last season for the Washington Nationals, after putting up a .237/.332/.403 line in 2013. The first baseman has a combined 3.2 bWAR over the past two seasons, and a combined 2.1 fWAR the past two seasons. In his 11 year career, LaRoche has had more than 2.0 fWAR in a season twice -- in 2012, when he had 3.3 fWAR, and in 2006, when he had a 2.1 fWAR.
Paying LaRoche $12.5 million per year at this stage in his career seems curious, and this sort of deal helps illustrate why the Rangers are willing to pay Mitch Moreland $3-4M in arbitration rather than go into the free agent market to replace him.