Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche said Tuesday he plans to retire from baseball.
The 12-year veteran informed the White Sox and teammates of his decision during a team meeting, the Chicago Tribune reports. Members of the White Sox asked LaRoche to reconsider, and he told reporters he would consider their thoughts.
LaRoche took time off Monday to ponder his choice. He has dealt with back spasms and knee issues and has played in two spring training games. One year remains on his two-year, $25 million contract. he hit just .207 with 12 home runs last season.
“I’m confident I am stepping away from baseball,” LaRoche said. “My teammates have asked me for an hour (to reconsider). I’ve tried to convince them I am convinced, but I will do them that, and give it a day or two, and then come back in and finish the story.”
A career .260 hitter, LaRoche has 255 career home runs and 882 RBIs with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Nationals and White Sox.