Bringing back David Robertson is a priority for the Yankees

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The Yankees made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to closer David Robertson, but he rejected it to become a free agent on Monday. The Yankees are still making it a top priority to bring him back according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.

While he wasn’t as dominant as he had been in previous seasons, Robertson did a fine job replacing Mariano Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season. In 64 1/3 innings, Robertson accrued 39 saves with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio.

The Yankees wouldn’t be in dire straits if they didn’t bring Robertson back, but keeping him at the back end after Dellin Betances and recently-acquired lefty Justin Wilson, as well as Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren, gives them a very deep bullpen that could rank among the best in the league.

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.