Colby Lewis was unable to work out a deal with the Rangers before hitting the open market as a free agent despite wanting to remain in Texas, but now the two sides are apparently close to an agreement.
“I think we’ll try to finalize it this week, that’s my goal,” general manager Jon Daniels told Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. “I expect he’ll be back.”
After missing all of 2013 with multiple injuries Lewis returned to make 29 starts and throw 170 innings, but he wasn’t much good with a 5.18 ERA and .304 opponents’ batting average.
Lewis, who turned 35 years old in August, has spent seven of his nine MLB seasons with the Rangers.
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.