White Sox's LaRoche retires with year left on deal

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 10:08 p.m. ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Adam LaRoche surprised the Chicago White Sox by retiring Tuesday, leaving $13 million on the table.

General manager Rick Hahn said that LaRoche told his teammates in a clubhouse meeting Tuesday morning and was asked to reconsider his decision.

Hahn said he was not expecting the news, but added that after ''extensive conversations with him, between us and his coaches and he and his teammates, you would have to be respectful and understand his perspective.''

LaRoche, 36, signed a two-year deal for $25 million with the White Sox a year ago. But he struggled in 2015, batting just .207 with 12 homers.

The first baseman-turned-designated hitter hadn't played since March 5 due to back spasms.

Hahn, who spoke before Chicago's game with the Dodgers, didn't sound as though he was expecting a change of heart.

''We'll make adjustments and move on,'' Hahn said.