Tim Hudson was going to the World Series no matter what

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Back when Tim Hudson signed with the Giants this offseason the common belief was that he turned down an offer to reunite with the A’s to do so. That may have been true, but Hudson revealed during today’s media session that the Royals actually made him a “very good offer.”

Or as Hudson put it: “My odds of getting to the World Series were pretty good this year.”

Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million deal with the Giants on November 18 and three days later Jason Vargas signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Royals, so presumably those two situations were related.

Hudson ended up throwing 189 innings with a 3.57 ERA, whereas Vargas threw 187 innings with a 3.71 ERA. Who knows what would have happened in the alternate reality where Hudson chooses Kansas City–there’s the whole butterfly effect thing looming, of course–but everyone involved is probably pretty happy with how things worked out.

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.