In his latest column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that the Indians would like to trade Nick Swisher now that they have Brandon Moss in the mix. The Tribe traded minor league infielder Joe Wendle to the Athletics to acquire the slugger on December 8.
Cafardo notes that the Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles, Padres, Brewers, and Cubs may be interested at the right price. Swisher is owed $15 million for each of the next two seasons, and the Indians would have to eat a significant portion of that to make a trade seem enticing. Swisher, who recently turned 34 years old, batted a meager .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 401 plate appearances last season.
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.