According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed during a media session this afternoon that Billy Butler and Nori Aoki will return to the starting lineup tomorrow night for Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants.
It’s not a big surprise. Butler and Aoki were on the bench for Games 3-5 in San Francisco, with Jarrod Dyson playing center field and Lorenzo Cain in right. However, Yost can go back to his familiar lineup now that the team has returned home to Kauffman Stadium. Cain will slide over to center field to make room for Aoki in right and Butler will slot in at designated hitter.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes that there could still be a tweak with the “standard” playoff lineup, as Yost is considering moving Mike Moustakas up from the No. 9 spot in the order.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.