Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are calling up 23-year-old outfield prospect Mason Williams for his MLB debut.
Williams appeared on most top-100 prospect lists in 2012, 2013, and 2014, but his stock dropped a lot following a rough season at Double-A last year. However, he’s bounced back in a big way this year by hitting .318 with more walks (27) than strikeouts (23) and a .795 OPS in 54 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
Williams has primarily been a center fielder in the minors, so his presence could allow the Yankees to shift Brett Gardner back to left field in Jacoby Ellsbury’s absence. Or they could use the speedy, left-handed-hitting Williams all over the outfield as needed.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.