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Andrew Toles arrested after being found sleeping behind a building at an airport


This is a sad and somewhat disturbing story: the Miami Herald reports that Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was arrested for trespassing after being found sleeping behind a building at Key West International Airport.

Per the police report, Toles was asked to simply leave the area without being arrested, would not do so, and was subsequently arrested. All he had with him was a black bag and his address on the police report was listed as “the streets of Key West, Florida.”

Toles, 28, who was spectacular for the Dodgers in the 2016 postseason, has not appeared in a big league game since late in the 2018 season. We last heard news of him when he was placed on the restricted list in May of 2019 for undisclosed personal reasons.

Here’s hoping that he gets whatever help he needs after what has no doubt been a tough couple of years for him.

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.