As first reported by beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have acquired right-handed starter Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for left-hander Mike Montgomery.
Ramirez was out of options and out of the mix for a rotation spot in Seattle. He holds a 4.62 ERA (80 ERA+) in 206 2/3 career major league innings, but the native of Nicaragua is only 24 years old and put up some intriguing numbers in the minors. Ramirez will give depth to a Rays rotation that will be without Alex Cobb (forearm), Drew Smyly (shoulder), and Matt Moore (elbow) at the beginning of 2015.
Montgomery is 25 years old and has yet to pitch in a big league game. The southpaw posted an uninspiring 4.29 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 98/48 K/BB ratio in 126 innings last season for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina. His future role with the M’s is probably lefty relief.
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.