Brewers turned down catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s long-term contract proposal

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With his name popping up in trade rumors Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy revealed Tuesday that he made a long-term contract extension proposal to the team in January and was shot down.

Lucroy told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the deal “would have kept me here for the rest of my career” and “they informed us they weren’t interested in doing anything at this point in time.”

Lucroy is already under team control at under-market salaries through 2017, which is his age-31 season, and it’s tough to blame any team too much for being hesitant to give a big long-term contract extension to a catcher nearing his mid-30s.

He was one of the best catchers in baseball from 2012-2014, hitting .297 with an .831 OPS and good defensive numbers, but Lucroy has struggled this season while hitting .237 with a .630 OPS in 53 games.

According to McCalvy the Brewers are “unlikely” to trade Lucroy because he’s signed for 2016 and 2017 at reasonable salaries, but of course if they’re serious about rebuilding with young talent Lucroy is a way to bring that to Milwaukee.

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.