Everything about this situation is odd. But, I will say this, if LaRoche signed with the White Sox with an agreement in place that he could home-school his kid and have him around all the time, and the Sox then changed the agreement after he was under contract, I can see why he’d be upset. I’ve been in jobs before where I signed on with an understanding of what job would be and where it was going only to have management change course 6 months down the road and find myself doing a job I never signed up for. I wasn’t under contract, so I left for another position. LaRoche didn’t have that choice.
I also didn’t leave $13 million on the table either, so I’m not going to say this is a completely valid comparison, but I’m not Adam Laroche. He gets to make his own choices.