Manager Joe Maddon’s agent Alan Nero, appearing on 670 The Score in Chicago on Saturday morning, said that the former Rays skipper is prepared to sit out the entire 2015 season to look for the right managerial opportunity, as Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Nero said, “Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win. If those elements are together and the talent for them is quick, we’ll make it quick. If not, he’s prepared to take a year off.”
Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Rays on Friday. Nero said nearly half of the 30 general managers around baseball got in touch to potentially bring Maddon aboard. The front offices of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, and Mets have come out and publicly supported their current managers, squelching rampant rumors. The Twins have baseball’s only current managerial opening, but the Cubs are considered the frontrunners for Maddon’s services.
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.