Andy LaRoche signs minor league deal with White Sox

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Andy LaRoche is a .226 hitter with 22 homers, 113 RBI in six major league seasons.

The White Sox signed third baseman Andy LaRoche to a minor-league deal and have also re-signed outfielder Michael Taylor.

LaRoche, 31, is the brother and former Pittsburgh Pirates teammate of the Sox’ new designated hitter/first baseman Adam LaRoche, who signed a two-year, $25 million deal as a free agent in November. Andy LaRoche spent most of the last two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays’ AAA club in Buffalo, where he batted .248 in 2014.

With the Pirates in 2009, LaRoche batted .258 with 12 homers, 29 doubles and 64 RBI over 150 games.

The Sox acquired Taylor, 29, from the Oakland A’s last June. In 514 plate appearances in AAA last season, Taylor hit .275 with a .437 slugging percentage. He was 7-for-28 with no extra-base hits and nine strikeouts in 11 games with the Sox.

The minor-league deals were first reported by Baseball America.

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