UPDATE: the Astros sign Pat Neshek to a two-year, $12.5 million deal

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UPDATE: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that a deal is in place, and Neshek will get a two-year, $12.5 million contract from Houston. There is an option for a third year as well.

9:50 AM: The Astros just made news of one bullpen signing, inking Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million contract. But they’re not done yet, it seems: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros are “closing in” on signing reliever Pat Neshek as well.

Neshek is coming off an All-Star season with the Cardinals in which he posted a 1.87 ERA with 68 strikeouts and just nine walks over 67 and a third innings.

If this gets done, the Astros have made over the back end of their bullpen before 10am Eastern time. What have you accomplished today?

 

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.