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Alcides Escobar Rips White Sox After Release, Says They 'Lied to Me'

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IAugust 2, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 03: Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals looks on during batting practice before the game against the Minnesota Twins on August 3, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Alcides Escobar was released by the Chicago White Sox organization Friday, and he did not go quietly. 

In response to the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, tweeting thanks to Escobar, the 32-year-old stated he had "asked for my freedom" due to what he felt was dishonesty: 

alcides escobar @alcidesescobar2

@KnightsBaseball I asked for my freedom they did not let me free and I did it because they lied to me they are not honest 👍

Escobar was hitting .286/.343/.444 through 96 games in Triple-A this season, although the shortstop has most often been revered for his defense.

Escobar is best known for his eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals from 2011 to 2018. The All-Star shortstop arrived to the Royals as part of the trade that sent Zack Greinke from Kansas City to the Milwaukee Brewers. As a result, he was part of the core that brought the Royals a World Series title in 2015. 

Kansas City parted ways with Escobar following last season, and he briefly latched on with the Baltimore Orioles on a minor league contract in February before the organization released him in March.