Colby Lewis is staying with the Rangers, agreeing to a one-year, $4 million deal after the two sides couldn’t agree to terms in time for him to avoid free agency.
Lewis bounced back from an injury wrecked 2013 season to start 29 games and throw 170 innings for the Rangers this year, but he wasn’t effective with a 5.18 ERA, AL-leading 14 losses, and a .304 opponents’ batting average.
Before the injuries Lewis was a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter from 2010-2012, so the Rangers are betting on a return to that at age 35.
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.