Mets place Shaun Marcum on release waivers

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Per the Mets official Twitter:

 

Marcum went 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA over 12 starts and two relief appearances spanning 78.1 innings. He missed most of April recovering from a pinched nerve in his neck. He was then shut down after his July 6 start due to thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder.

ESPN’s Adam Rubin notes Marcum will not receive any of the performance bonuses in his contract as they are based on playing time. The Mets signed Marcum in January on a one-year, $4 million contract after he was passed over by a number of other teams.

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.