It’s been a year of highlight reel plays for Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. He added to his resume tonight with this diving catch to rob Twins rookie Miguel Sano of extra bases:
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The Blue Jays finished off four-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-3 victory tonight. Winners of five straight and eight out of their last nine, they are now in the driver’s seat for the Wild Card spot in the American League. The Blue Jays sit 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East and will attempt to make up some ground with a three-game series in the Bronx this weekend.
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.