Nick Swisher, who spent the first month on the season on the disabled list following two knee surgeries, is slated to come off the shelf and join the Indians’ active roster Tuesday.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Swisher, a 34-year-old coming off a pair of significant injuries who hit just .208 with a .608 OPS in 97 games last season. Cleveland would be thrilled to get even his modest 2013 production, which included hitting .246 with 22 homers and a .763 OPS in 145 games.
He’s being paid $15 million this season and is owed another $15 million in 2016. He figures to see time in right field and at designated hitter for a lineup that ranks ninth in OPS and tenth in runs scored among AL teams.
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.