Colby Lewis to test free agency after inability to reach deal with Rangers

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Pitcher Colby Lewis and the Rangers were unable to reach a deal. Rangers president of baseball operations and GM Jon Daniels says that the right-hander will head into free agency, but the door remains open for a reunion, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Two weeks ago, Daniels expressed a desire to bring the 35-year-old Lewis back. Lewis had missed the latter half of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 season due to a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. This past season, Lewis mustered a 5.18 ERA with a league-leading loss total at 14 in 29 starts. However, he had better results in the second half, finishing with a 3.86 ERA after the All-Star break.

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.