Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians

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The Pirates announced this morning that they acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

Sellers, 28, appeared in 17 games with the Indians this past season and batted .254/.307/.335 with three home runs and 40 RBI over 102 games in Triple-A. He owns a .198/.280/.294 batting line over 287 plate appearances in the majors, mostly with the Dodgers. Known for his solid glove, he’s strictly middle infield depth for the 40-man roster.

Along with the announcement on Sellers, the Pirates designated right-handers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

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.