NEW YORK (AP) Former Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche says he has no regrets walking away from baseball and $13 million in salary after a dispute with the team over the presence of his young son at the ballpark.
LaRoche tells ABC News it hasn’t been the end of the world for him. The 36-year-old did not rule out a return to baseball someday if a team wants him.
LaRoche retired last month and said White Sox executive Kenny Williams had asked him to cut the amount of time his 14-year-old son, Drake, was spending around the team. The incident sparked anger from players across the major leagues and prompted questions about the balance between work and parenting.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.
Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.
AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.
Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.
Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.
Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.
Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.