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Old 02-13-2016, 03:06 PM
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Rays have said they would like to have a transparent roof system, one in which would allow them to have grass.


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Can someone enlighten me about the LaRoche retirement? Is his boy a special needs kid who needs to be with Dad? Seems an odd reason to quit.
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Rays lose their closer for two months with a core injury

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Rays lose their closer for two months with a core injury

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Time to see what Alex Colome can do. This was always the risk about trading McGee. I expect them to bring in an arm (maybe in a Loney trade) to add some depth.
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A light-hitting corner INF like Loney can't be traded without the Rays picking up most (if not all) of his salary. Too bad the Rays didn't think of the whole "force your unproductive 1B into retirement" ploy to save $8 or 9 million. In our case that money could've bought a closer.
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They might be able to trade Loney if they take on a pitcher contract similar to him though (1 year in the 5-8 million dollar range). Ironically, Loney makes a lot of sense for the White Sox right now.
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:23 PM
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Can someone enlighten me about the LaRoche retirement? Is his boy a special needs kid who needs to be with Dad? Seems an odd reason to quit.
Nope his son doesn't have any learning or medical problems, he's actually supposedly home schooled. The whole thing is quite bizarre. When Adam LaRoche was a child he would go to the clubhouse all the time with his father (who was also a MLB player) and he basically wanted his son to grow up in the same type of environment. When he played for the Washington Nationals, he brought his son Drake to the clubhouse all the time and nobody ever had problems with it (though when you're putting up 25+homers and 100+RBI seasons nobody typically will). When he became a free agent last summer, one of his major conditions to signing with a team would be that he'd be able to continue to bring his son to the ballpark all the time. It sounds like the White Sox made him a "handshake deal" that he would be allowed to do that.

Now last year his production dropped by a lot, though his son was never a distraction to the team, and in fact was well liked by the players. The team president (Ken Williams) supposedly told LaRoche this spring training that other people in the organization (players, coaches, etc..) had an issue with it, though with the reaction of the players since this happened, I'd doubt that were the case. My best guess is that the team president knew that LaRoche would leave if the team stopped letting him bring his kid every day. He's made plenty of money in his career and decided to retire instead of staying for the $13 Million he was due to make this season. The team, including their best player Chris Sale, has blasted Williams for handling it the way he did.
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