The Yankees just made a big commitment to a free agent reliever, signing left-hander Andrew Miller last Friday to a four-year, $36 million contract. But they’re not done addressing the back end of their bullpen.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yanks remain heavily interested in re-signing closer David Robertson and “seem flexible” about giving the 29-year-old right-hander a four-year deal.
Robertson is also drawing serious interest from the Astros, who were in on Miller until the very end. And the White Sox are expected to continue their pursuit of Robertson, even after finalizing a trade with the A’s for Jeff Samardzija.
Robertson boasts a dominant 2.20 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 12.3 K/9 in 258 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season and he saved 39 games for the Yankees in 2014. He’d likely stay at closer in New York, with Miller and Dellin Betances serving as his setup men. That’s quite a group of late-inning relievers.
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.