Matt Garza made what turned out to be his final start of the 2015 season on Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds. The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Following the outing, the Brewers decided to shut Garza down for the rest of the season. Manager Craig Counsell said he wants to look at other options, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Garza, 31, ends a disappointing season with a 5.63 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and a 104/57 K/BB ratio over 148 2/3 innings. The veteran is halfway through a four-year, $50 million contract signed with the Brewers in January 2014. He’ll earn $12.5 million over each of the next two seasons.
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.