Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche (1B)

Free Agent

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Adam LaRoche walked away from baseball and a $13 million salary for this season. He chose to step away after team president Kenny Williams asked LaRoche to limit how often he brings his 14 year-old son to the clubhouse. Williams stated that LaRoche's son Drake had been present 100 percent of the time. Williams said the White Sox have no problem with players' children being around, but he felt like LaRoche needed to dial it back. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche had a horrible season in 2015. He hit .207 and only 12 HR. He did not have much value going into fantasy drafts. His absence will leave a big hole in the White Sox lineup. His departure could mean more at-bats for guys like Austin Jackson, Jimmy Rollins or anyone they may promote.

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Adam LaRoche, who had struggled last season, is considering stepping away from baseball for a personal issue. Out of respect for the White Sox and his teammates, he is taking a few days to think it over. If LaRoche retires, the White Sox will be without a designated hitter. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: If LaRoche retires, they will be losing a left-handed hitter and veteran presence in the locker room. LaRoche is not projected to make a big fantasy impact, but his absence could give some of their other players a chance for a bigger role. Austin Jackson could see more playing time as they use Avisail Garcia or Melky Cabrera in the DH position throughout the season.

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Adam LaRoche only has a .182 batting average, one extra-base hit, and one RBI in September. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche only has a .189 batting average in the second half and 12 home runs and 44 RBI for the season, showing that he is far from the player who had 26 home runs and 92 RBI a season ago. He has an abysmal .387 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, with only three doubles, and has a .645 OPS for the season. His .847 OPS in May was the only month where he had an OPS over .700 and he is not worthy of a fantasy roster position.

The White Sox and Twins battled back and forth on Tuesday. However, the Twins rallied to take the lead and win 8-6. In the White Sox' loss, Adam LaRoche went 2-for-4 including his 21st double. He also scored a run and had one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche has been a big disappointment this year. He is hitting .215; way below his .260 career average. LaRoche has hit 12 HR this year though, so he still has value in DFS leagues as a low-cost, high-risk option.

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Adam LaRoche had one of his better games of the season on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer. He finished with two RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Adam LaRoche has struggled this year. He has the ability to hit the long ball and could make for a minimum to low-priced salary option in daily leagues. He has two HR in the last seven games. The problem is that his risk is very high. He is only hitting .213 on the season.

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The White Sox hoped Adam LaRoche would spark their offense on Wednesday, but he continued to do nothing at the plate. As a pinch hitter, LaRoche was 0-for-1 as the White Sox lost their third straight to the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Watching Adam LaRoche is painful this season. He has looked like a shell of himself and has seen a big decrease in plate appearances. LaRoche is not much of a fantasy option right now and has little to no value in any format.

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Adam LaRoche is hitless on Wednesday, but the White Sox still won in extra innings. LaRoche went 0-for-4 against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Adam LaRoche has been somewhat better recently, but over the last month he is hitting .178 with an OPS of .439. He has been inconsistent to say the least and hitting below his career averages. At this pace, LaRoche will be lucky to hit more than 15 HR. He has value as a bench player because of his long ball ability, but has little value in daily and shallow leagues.

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Adam LaRoche went 0-for-4 in the White Sox 8-2 defeat to the Red Sox. LaRoche saw his batting average dip to a lowly .210

Fantasy Impact: Adam LaRoche miserable season continued on Thursday night with another hit less game. With only 9 home runs and a 646 OPS, he has been a major disappointment this season. LaRoche should not be owned in any format.

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The White Sox were looking to sweep their crosstown rival on Sunday, but fell 3-1 to the Cubs. Adam LaRoche and the White Sox could not do much against Jake Arrieta. LaRoche went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: This is typical for LaRoche this year. He seems to either have a good day at the plate or does absolutely nothing. Lately, it has been mostly the latter. Over the last 15 games LaRoche has a .143 average. His OBP is not much better at only .214. Right now, LaRoche is not a guy you should play or target in any leagues. There are too many better options.

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Adam LaRoche went 1-for-5 on Thursday with a pair of RBI in the White Sox 8-7 extra innings win over the Tigers. He drove in Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu with a double off of Alfredo Simon in the top of the fifth.

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche has now driven in six over the last week and appears to be picking up his production. He is worth scooping up in mixed leagues for owners in need of 1B/DH eligible players.

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Adam LaRoche was 3-for-4 Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, including a double and a solo home run. The White Sox went on to lose the contest 6-1.

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche has started slow, but his bat has showed signs of life lately. He's been a better second half player in his career, so he's not a bad speculative add in mixed leagues where available.

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Adam LaRoche was 1-for-1 with an RBI and a pair of walks on Saturday. The White Sox went on to win the game 3-2 over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche has been a major disappointment in 2015, so any production is good to see at this point. He's traditionally been a second half player, with a .281 career average after the break, so he is worth keeping an eye on as the Summer months roll in.

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Adam :LaRoche sat Monday, as the White Sox were playing in a National League ballpark.

Fantasy Impact: He has been cold at the plate the last few days so perhaps a break will help him out. If you own LaRoche, you need to remember that he is a second half hitter who if he follows his normal routine will pay off later in the year. He can be left off rosters in shallow leagues but in medium or deeper leagues, I would grab him in hopes of another second half of glory.

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Adam LaRoche went 2-for-4 on Wednesday night, including a solo homer that tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth. The White Sox went on to win 4-1 over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche is a historically slow starter, but his bat is starting to heat up with the weather. He's hitting over .300 with four homers over the past two weeks.

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In a return to the Baltimore-DC metro area, Adam LaRoche had a solid afternoon. He went 4-for-7 over the double header with 3 RBI. The most assuring stat for the DH was that he did not strikeout in any of the at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully for fantasy owners and the White Sox, the recent play from the veteran are signs that his bat is coming to life. He still leads all designated hitters in strikeouts, but now might be the time to buy LaRoche's stock if he has been discharged in any format.

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LaRoche not helping White Sox

Fri, May 22nd 11:20am EDT
By Joe Favia

Adam LaRoche went 0-for-3 at the plate Thursday with two strikeouts, and a walk. The designated hitter left two runners on base as well.

Fantasy Impact: The power-hitting veteran has not had a good run thus far. He leads DH's in strikeouts in baseball. His batting average is among the bottom three among everyday designated hitters as well.

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In a 4-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday, White Sox DH/1B Adam LaRoche went 1-for-3 with a HR, 1 RBI, and 1 BB. He also struck out once.

Fantasy Impact: It's been slow going for the veteran LaRoche this season, but it's nice to see him knock one out again after such a long homerless drought. He's still not a safe play in most fantasy leagues, but he is an option for fantasy teams in deep leagues.

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LaRoche contributes with pinch-hit

Tue, May 12th 12:02pm EDT
By Joe Favia

Adam LaRoche came in with a pinch-hit opportunity, and delivered an RBI. It was the White Sox first game in the NL-format, and it was definitely good to see the veteran make the most of his chance.

Fantasy Impact: It will be interesting to see how Robin Ventura uses the remainder of the series to try to get LaRoche and Jose Abreu in the lineup. It has been hinted that LaRoche could man third, while Abreu could get a start at third.

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Adam LaRoche continued his forgettable April start with the White Sox with a 1-for-6 evening. Of the six at-bats, four included a strikeout. The veteran DH left a total of five on base.

Fantasy Impact: The top of the White Sox order have been a great disappoint, save Jose Abreu. Abreu cannot be counted on himself to lift the team from its seven year playoff drought. The strikeouts for Dunn are adding up, and are reminding White Sox fans alot of Adam Dunn.

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Adam LaRoche is a .223 career hitter in April, so that .200 batting average isn’t all that alarming to the 35-year-old veteran. But it doesn’t look pretty or sit well with the White Sox super-chill designated hitter. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche's 2 for 3 day on Wednesday was much needed after going 1 for 12 in the previous three games. Never a great April hitter, LaRoche could be a nice player to add in the Summer months when balls fly out of U.S. Celluar Field.

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Adam LaRoche struggles in Sox loss

Wed, Apr 22nd 9:34am EDT
By Joe Favia

White Sox DH Adam LaRoche was shut down in the 6-2 loss at the hands of the Indians. He went 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Much of the heart of the White Sox order was contained, and the team racked up a troubling 15 strikeouts collectively.

Fantasy Impact: LaRoche has had his share of strikeouts this season as he leads the team with 21. The next highest hitter has 11. The transition from NL to AL, and movement to DH full-time could be contributing factors. The power numbers are going to continue to be there, but the surge some expected behind Jose Abreu have not been seen in full-force yet for LaRoche.

Adam LaRoche is heating up

Mon, Apr 20th 10:07am EDT
By Rob Schwarz, Jr.

Adam LaRoche had a great weekend, unfortunately the White Sox only grabbed one win against the Tigers. On Sunday, LaRoche went 1-for-4 with one strikeout. He left two men on base; one in scoring position.

Fantasy Impact: Adam LaRoche had a dream day for fantasy owners on Saturday. Over the weekend, LaRoche went 4-for-9 with one HR, two runs scored, and four RBIs. LaRoche now has a .243 batting average and .904 OPS on the season. LaRoche will hurt you with strikeouts, but can highly reward you as he keeps hitting the ball well..

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Adam LaRoche had a great day at the plate on Sunday. He helped the White Sox overcome the Twins for their second win of the season. LaRoche finished the day 2-for-4 with one HR, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Adam LaRoche has hit a HR in back-to-back games. He has come to life after hitting only 1-for-14 over the first four games. Over the last two games he has gone 3-for-7 with two HRs, three RBIs, three runs scored, one walk, and three strikeouts. LaRoche is going to finish with a high amount of strikeouts, but he will also hit the ball for power often. LaRoche can prove to be a valuable asset in deeper leagues.

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Adam LaRoche and the White Sox could not have imagined a worse Opening Day. The White Sox lost to the Royals 10-1 on Monday. LaRoche did not help the team as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The team had a combined batting avg of .179.

Fantasy Impact: Adam LaRoche is going to have games like this, but he still holds low-end value as a DH or first baseman. He has a career average of over 20 HRs and just under 70 RBIs per season. Do not panic yet, this is a long season and LaRoche will hit his career averages. Look for LaRoche and the Sox to bounce back against the Royals on Wednesday.

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Adam LaRoche provided the White Sox with four of their seven runs when he went deep off of Cory Rasmus in the 4th inning. The White Sox went on to defeat the Angels 7-6.

Fantasy Impact: The White Sox are hoping for much more of the same from LaRoche who will be providing protection for Cuban slugger Jose Abreu in their lineup this season. The 2 year/ $25 million contract the Sox signed LaRoche to this winter could pay huge dividends if he can have a repeat of last year's 26 HR and 92 RBI.

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