Los Angeles Times Guys Really Dislike Andrew Friedman
First Bill Plaschke goes full Plaschke on Andrew Friedman, now Steve Dilbeck boldly comes out against game fixing in attacking the new Dodgers president of baseball operations.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers are considering signing Chin-hui Tsao, who was banned from Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League for his role in a game-fixing scheme. Taiwanese media says the deal is done. Details here.
In response, Dilbeck digs up every player with a past that Friedman has signed:
This new Dodgers brain trust seemingly has a place for anyone, regardless of past indiscretions. That Andrew Friedman, he’s a forgiving guy.
While with the Tampa Bay Rays, he once traded for reliever Josh Lueke, who had been accused of rape and served 40 days when he pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of false imprisonment that stemmed from May 2008 incident in Bakersfield while playing for the Texas Rangers’ Class-A team.
Earlier this month, Friedman traded Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal, who had to serve a 50-day suspension to start the 2013 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
And now comes word the Dodgers are close to signing reliever Chin-hui Tsao, who hasn’t pitched in five years since being banned in the Taiwanese league for promising to throw games.
Tsao, 33, tried to make a comeback in Australia in November but Taiwan made enough of a stink that the league backed down.
That shouldn’t be necessary here. The Dodgers simply need to do the right thing and stay clear of Tsao. After all that silly talk of a dysfunctional clubhouse and ridding it of certain personalities, how do you invite someone in with this dark cloud?
It seems unlike Friedman is going to the Times’ New Year’s party tonight.
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