UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that it’s a one-year, $3 million deal, pending a physical.
12:41 p.m. ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Braves are on the verge of signing Alberto Callaspo. Fredi Gonzalez told him himself, actually.
The Braves, who have moved on from the Dan Uggla era and who recently traded Tommy La Stella, will probably use Callaspo at second base. Callaspo can, however, play anywhere in the infield and, in the past, played corner outfield spots as well, so using him as a super-utility player is not out of the question either.
His 2014 was not one he’d like to remember — Callaspo hit only .223/.290/.290. — but in the previous five seasons he was at or above league average on offense every single season, so there’s a chance for a bounceback.
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.