Dodgers talking to free agent starter Jake Peavy

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The Dodgers just traded starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Marlins in a multi-player swap and are now ready to spend some money to fill the vacancy.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the the new-look Los Angeles front office has been “talking to free agent starting pitchers, including Jake Peavy” about joining an LA rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. And prospect Andrew Heaney, acquired from Miami for Haren and Dee Gordon, could be ready to contribute in a big way by the early part of the summer.

Peavy found new life this past season after the July 26 trade that sent him from Boston to San Francisco, posting a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 58/17 K/BB ratio across 78 2/3 innings for the Giants.

The 33-year-old right-hander obviously likes pitching in the National League West.

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.