UPDATE: Not only is Uggla on the Opening Day roster, he’s starting at second base and batting seventh.
Dan Uggla, who’s being paid $13 million by the Braves not to play for them this season and was also released by the Giants after just four games last year, has resurrected his career enough to make the Nationals’ Opening Day roster.
Uggla hit .149 in 52 games last season and .179 in 136 games two years ago, but the Nationals chose the 35-year-old former All-Star to fill a bench role with third baseman Anthony Rendon on the disabled list.
He signed with Washington on a minor-league deal in December and then posted an .890 OPS in spring training to convince the team he’s back to being a potentially useful player. It’ll be a helluva comeback if he can stick around in the majors once Rendon returns.
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.