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Marlins likely to tender a contract to Henderson Alvarez

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The Marlins are likely to tender a contract to starter Henderson Alvarez by the early December deadline, but are unlikely to do so with reliever Aaron Crow, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Both pitchers are currently on their way back from surgical procedures. The Marlins will wait for medicals to come back before making a decision on Alvarez.

Alvarez, 25, underwent surgery on his right shoulder in late July. He made two starts in April before landing on the disabled list for over a month, then made two more starts in May before going back on the shelf. He allowed 18 runs (16 earned) on 28 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

Crow, 28, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery in early April. The Marlins acquired him from the Royals in November for Brian Flynn and minor leaguer Reid Redman.

Alvarez will be eligible for his second year of arbitration after earning $4 million in 2015. Crow will be eligible in his third and final year after earning $1.975 million.

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.