Are Cliff Lee, Marlon Byrd and Jonathan Papelbon “bad guys” in the clubhouse?

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With the caveat that the guy tweeting this isn’t considered the most reliable guy on the planet, I offer you this:

I really don’t follow the Phillies clubhouse dynamics terribly closely, so I’ll defer to Bill or some of you commenters who know about this stuff more than me, but I find this rather surprising. Mostly because I can’t remember any dustups in the Philly clubhouse outside of some bristling at Ryne Sandberg over the past year. All of which I chalk up more to a veteran team not much liking losing and, possibly, not much liking a change in habits and routines.

Part of me wonders if this isn’t a function of a Phillies team wanting to unload pricey veteran players with big contracts, realizing they won’t get a ton of value for them and wanting to set the stage to make up for that publicly by arguing it was addition by subtraction or some such when they get pennies on the dollar. Wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has been done.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.