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The Adam LaRoche-White Sox just won't go away, with each passing day providing more insight and detail into this ever evolving situation.
Here is a take from our own Matt Goldman about how the White Sox are, for now, the villains in this saga.
According to Matt Abbatacola, at least a few players complained to Kenny Williams about Drake, and that the White Sox are in some aspects, a divided team on this matter; however for enough of them to consider a boycott sends an extraordinarily clear message that most of them had LaRoche's back.
These recent revelations have shifted the blame back to the White Sox, and it's hard to see how they can move the spotlight off themselves. Eventually, this story will die down, and we likely won't be talking about this in July, but fans, and most importantly the players, will remember how Chicago treated LaRoche. The next course of action is up in the air, but at the very least, the MLBPA is considering filing a grievance against the White Sox on behalf of LaRoche.
On the other hand, our own Mike Bates says that the White Sox are not the bad guys.
Are the White Sox at fault? I suppose on one level they are. They apparently acquiesced to what, to me, seems like an unreasonable request to get a player on their team, thinking he would help them make a postseason run. In that way, this is a crisis entirely of their own making. Still, that doesn't mean they are being jerks or are in the wrong now. LaRoche didn't help his team either. He stuck to his unreasonable request, even when his organization told him that it was hurting the team. He probably is a great dad, but it sure sounds like he was an awful coworker.
In between all of this, the White Sox have to try to win baseball games this season. Eno Sarris of FanGraphs looked at how the White Sox could win the pennant in 2016.
The Reds signed Alfredo Simon to a one-year-deal, bringing the right-hander back to Cincinnati after a one year stint in Detroit.
Cleveland added a bat, signing Marlon Byrd to a minor-league deal.
Taijuan Walker can be an ace, but only if he refines his command, writes Steven Martano of Beyond the Box Score.
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