Phillies pull Jeff Francoeur back after waiver claim

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Jeff Francoeur can’t be traded for the remainder of the season, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies pulled him back after he was recently claimed on revocable waivers.

This might come as a surprise to some, as many have speculated on Francoeur as a potential fit for a contender. The 31-year-old has batted .272 with 12 home runs and a .772 OPS over 92 games this season and could have been a useful bench piece somewhere.

Perhaps a trade would have been more realistic if Francoeur passed through waivers unclaimed, as the Phillies would have been able to negotiate with all 29 teams. However, he was never going to net more than a marginal prospect in return, so it’s not worth getting too worked up about. As Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal points out, Francoeur’s standing in the clubhouse was likely a significant reason why the Phillies ultimately decided to just keep him for the final month and change of the season.

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.