Marlins, Brewers doing their homework on Allen Craig


Allen Craig had a horrendous 2014 season, batting just .215/.279/.315 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox. But he was among the most productive hitters in baseball between 2011-2013, so Boston may find a taker for him on the trade market this winter.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes Sunday that the Marlins “have Craig on their list of possible acquisitions as they pursue a right-handed hitter to play first base” and the Brewers are interested in making him a platoon partner with Adam Lind.

Craig is owed $26.5 million over the next three seasons, which would be a bargain if he returned to form. But the 30-year-old hasn’t looked the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury in late 2013.

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.