UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal says that Coke is going to the Chicago Cubs on a minor league deal.
9:12 AM: Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that free agent lefty Phil Coke is expected to sign tomorrow. Coke has been connected to the Rangers, Royals, and Blue Jays of late.
Coke posted a 3.88 ERA and 41/20 K/BB ratio in 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014, but has been shaky when doing anything other than pitching to lefties. And, due to either insanity or necessity, the Tigers have used him a bit more than they probably should’ve. But assuming he’s not exposed to too many righties, he should be a useful arm for someone.
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.