Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

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From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million free agent contract with Edinson Volquez.

Volquez was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, posting a 5.71 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings between the Padres and Dodgers. But he bounced back in 2014 for the Pirates, finishing with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings.

Kauffman Stadium is pitcher-friendly and the Royals play excellent defense, so it’s a nice fit for Volquez. The 31-year-old righty joins a Kansas City rotation that already includes Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, and Danny Duffy.

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.