The Athletics have released outfielder Cody Ross, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Ross had been designated for assignment on Saturday.
Ross was released by the Diamondbacks in early April, as the club chose to eat the $9.5 million remaining on his contract ($8.5 million for 2015 plus a $1 million buyout for 2016). The Athletics snapped him up, but Ross recorded only two hits (both singles) in 25 plate appearances.
Ross, 34, battled calf injuries over the past two seasons, which unsurprisingly has sapped him of his power. After hitting 22 home runs in 528 plate appearances in 2012, he combined to hit 10 in 570 PA between 2013-14.
Now a free agent, Ross will try to continue his major league career elsewhere.
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.