As first reported by Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have traded 25-year-old left-hander Tyler Ybarra to the Rockies in exchange for 22-year-old lefty Jayson Aquino.
Aquino was designated for assignment by the Rockies at the end of January to clear out a 40-man roster spot for newly-acquired right-hander David Hale. Aquino registered an ugly 5.13 ERA and 1.495 WHIP in 18 starts last season between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, and he’s probably not going to be in the picture for Toronto anytime soon.
Ybarra, a 43rd-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2008, had a rough 4.42 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 43/30 K/BB ratio in 53 innings last season at Double-A New Hampshire.
These are obviously not major pitching prospects.
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.