Red Sox begin extension talks with manager John Farrell

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Red Sox manager John Farrell could be getting a new contract this spring. Sean McAdam of CSN New England has the report …

Farrell is entering the final guaranteed year of the three-year deal he signed in November of 2012, and, according to an industry source, preliminary talks have already begun.

That contract includes a team option for 2016, so Farrell isn’t truly at the end of his deal. But the club evidently doesn’t want Farrell entering the 2015 season being viewed as a sort of lame-duck manager.

Boston stumbled to a last-place finish in the American League East last season with a record of 71-91, but Farrell guided the club to a World Series title in 2013 — his first year at the helm — and there’s hope for a return to prominence this season following an active winter of trades and free agent signings. Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Rick Porcello, and Wade Miley are among the new faces in Red Sox camp this spring.

McAdam heard from an industry source that the Red Sox front office wants to “add length and security” to Farrell’s current contract, so this will likely go beyond merely exercising the skipper’s option for 2016.

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.