Edgar Renteria intends to play this season

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You know someone we haven’t heard much about lately? Edgar Renteria. There was a report in early December that the Royals met with his agent at the Winter Meetings, but they ultimately signed Yuniesky Betancourt to serve as a backup infielder. Getting passed over for Yuni? That’s a real blow to the ego.

Even though Renteria has struggled to draw much interest this offseason, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the veteran infielder plans to return for his 17th major league season. Where he’ll go is anyone’s guess, but Heyman speculates that the Astros, Cubs and Brewers are all “good fits.”

Renteria, 35, batted .251/.306/.348 with five home runs, 36 RBI, four stolen bases and a .654 OPS in 96 games with the Reds last season. He’ll almost certainly have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.

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.