Boston being in the market for outfield help would have seem far-fetched at the beginning of the season, but the Red Sox’s depth situation has changed and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles.
De Aza was designated for assignment by Baltimore last week after getting off to a poor start, but the Orioles liked him enough to give him $5 million for this season. He’s a 31-year-old career .265 hitter with a .728 OPS who can play all three outfield spots with plus speed and is more effective when spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.
De Aza is a very solid player in a part-time role and stretched as a regular. His presence also allows the Red Sox to avoid calling up younger players like Jackie Bradley Jr. for short-term help.
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.