Adam LaRoche signs with Chicago White Sox: LaRoche, the Met killer, is officially out of the National League East! It was officially announced Tuesday that the White Sox and LaRoche have agreed to a two-year, $25M dollar deal. LaRoche was solid in his four seasons in Washington (especially against the Mets), while last year he only hit .259, it was with 26 home runs and 92 RBI’s. His average and slugging percentage were the lowest in his career, but his veteran presence will be a solid replacement for Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko in a young lineup that is desperate for stability alongside Rookie of the Year, Jose Abreu. All in all, it’s a good deal for both sides as it provides a proven left-handed bat in the middle of the White Sox line-up, and LaRoche will also get a nice payday. This turns out to be a GREAT deal for the White Sox if LaRoche can put up around the same numbers in Chicago as he did in with Washington.

Josh Willingham Retires: Veteran outfielder Josh Willingham is expected to announce his retirement after 11 seasons in the majors. In his career, Willingham batted .253 with 195 home runs, and 632 RBI’s. Apparently, Willingham was offered a pretty lucrative contract from a playoff contending team for the upcoming season but decided to reject the offer, having this to say:

“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to myself, and more importantly to the team that was paying me a lot of money to perform at a high level, if there was a chance my dedication would waver — particularly as the season got longer. I’m honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me.”

Willingham’s best season came with the Minnesota Twins when he slugged 35 home runs and won a Silver Slugger Award. Although he had his best season with the Twins, his career started with the then Florida Marlins, but it wasn’t until the age of 27 that Willingham became an everyday player. I have to admit, even as a Met fan; Willingham has been one of my favorite players to watch since I started watching baseball in 2005. Good luck to him on his future endeavors.

Seager makin’ $$ with the M’s: The Seattle Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager have agreed to a seven-year contract extension. The extension that was agreed to Monday is said to be worth around $100M. Seager is 27 years old and has proved to be one of the leagues best up and coming third basemen. In his 2014 campaign with Seattle, Seager batted .268 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI’s. In his four-year major league career, Seager is batting .262 with 70 home runs and 264 RBI’s. Seager is without a doubt one of the cornerstones for the Mariner franchise, so the deal works well on both ends. The more that Seager has played in the majors, the better his numbers continue to be each year. In a league where it’s hard to lock down a good player at the hot corner, the Mariners were able to do just that.

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