Rangers starter Colby Lewis had a miserable season, leading the league with 14 losses while posting a 5.18 ERA and a 133/48 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings across 29 starts. Nevertheless, Rangers GM Jon Daniels has made re-signing the right-hander a top priority, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers have been busy in recent times interviewing managerial candidates, eventually settling on Jeff Banister. Daniels said about negotiating with Lewis and his agent Alan Nero, “We haven’t been able to spend much time on that. We can get back to that now.”
Lewis, 35, missed significant time in both 2012 and ’13 with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. His fastball averaged under 89 MPH during this past season.
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.