Cleveland added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Robinson Tejeda to a minor-league contract, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
His deal includes an invitation to spring training, where the 29-year-old Tejeda will compete for a middle relief role.
Tejeda spent most of last season in the minors and saw his velocity drop while battling shoulder problems, but if healthy he’s shown the ability to be a quality late-inning option.
From 2008-2010 he posted a 3.65 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 180 innings, making up for poor control by missing tons of bats with a fastball that clocked in at 93-95 miles per hour.
He averaged just 90.2 mph last season, but for a no-risk, low-cost flier Tejeda is a nice pickup for the Indians.
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.