White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal


The White Sox have signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million deal, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. LaRoche had previously drawn interest from the Marlins and Padres.

LaRoche, 35, became the odd man out with the Nationals despite having a productive 2014 season, as the club is moving Ryan Zimmerman over to first base. LaRoche batted .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.