Alcides Escobar blasts White Sox organization after release
Alcides Escobar carved out a lengthy MLB career as a light-hitting, glove-first shortstop with the Kansas City Royals, where he spent eight years as a reliable everyday player and won a World Series. He left Kansas City after 2018 and landed in the Chicago White Sox organization on a minor league deal. His time there does not appear to have gone well.
The White Sox quietly announced Friday that their organization had released Escobar, who had spent the entire season with the team’s AAA affiliate in Charlotte. The Knights thanked Escobar for his time there with a video, but Escobar made quite clear in a reply that he was not happy with how the organization had treated him.
I asked for my freedom they did not let me free and I did it because they lied to me they are not honest
— alcides escobar (@alcidesescobar2) August 2, 2019
Escobar doesn’t give a lot of context why the White Sox were “not honest.” It may well be that he felt he had earned or had been promised a promotion to the MLB level, and he’d hit .286 for the Knights this season. He still hadn’t appeared in the majors, and perhaps it wasn’t going to happen as things stood.