Piling on the Mets, Volume XVI

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minaya talking.JPGThe Mets certainly don’t need any more ragging, but sometimes it’s hard to resist.  A rough offseason filled with negative storylines has bred a mile-high pile of superb quotes and observations.  Here’s the opinion of one veteran sports agent, courtesy of the New York Post’s Joel Sherman:

“How can you have that payroll and still not have a starting catcher or
first baseman, a second baseman you hate and no legitimate starters
after Johan [Santana]?”

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.