Last week, veteran first-baseman-turned-designated hitter Adam LaRoche retired from the Chicago White Sox, citing a disagreement over his son’s time in the clubhouse. In walking away from the team, he also walks away from the $13 million he was to be paid for the 2016 season.
Of course the initial reaction is, he’s crazy to leave that much money on the table. It’s the kind of money most of us can only dream about earning in a lifetime, much less in a single season. But it’s precisely because he’s been making that kind of money for most of his career that leaving behind the $13 million an option for LaRoche.