Mets demote Rafael Montero to Triple-A


Rafael Montero competed for a spot in the Mets’ rotation during spring training, began the season in their bullpen, and is now heading back to Triple-A.

Montero appeared in four games as a reliever, striking out seven of the 22 batters he faced, but the Mets wanted some added infield depth with David Wright injured and called up Danny Muno.

It’s also possible they may want to stretch out Montero to return to the big leagues as a starter. He pitched well in eight starts as a 23-year-old rookie last season and was a starter throughout his minor-league career while ranking as a top-100 prospect.

Muno can play anywhere in the infield and the 26-year-old switch-hitter has batted .257 with 14 homers, 11 steals, and a .777 OPS in 124 games at Triple-A.

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.