Mets add another lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from Nationals

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Apparently the Mets were in the market for more than one left-handed reliever, because a few hours after acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres they’ve picked up lefty Jerry Blevins from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

Blevins spent one season in Washington after coming over in a trade from Oakland, throwing 57 innings with a 4.87 ERA and 66/23 K/BB ratio for the Nationals. He held lefties to a .160 batting average last year, but has a 3.58 career ERA in 324 innings and has generally been effective enough versus right-handed hitters to be more than just a situational southpaw.

den Dekker is 27 years old and has hit just .238 with one homer and a .634 OPS in 80 games as a big leaguer, but he put up strong numbers at Triple-A last season and is a good defensive center fielder. Washington will be without both center fielder Denard Span and left fielder Jayson Werth to begin the season.

UPDATE: This, from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, is pretty funny considering Forbes magazine just claimed the Nationals are worth $1.28 billion.

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.