Winning the National League comes with some job security for Mets manager Terry Collins, as Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that he’s agreed to a two-year contract extension.
Collins’ previous contract had a team option for 2016, but this new deal replaces that–covering 2016 and 2017, with guaranteed money–and according to Ackert comes “with an increase in salary.”
Collins had a losing record in each of his first four seasons as Mets manager, but the team went 90-72 this year and advanced to the World Series before falling to the Royals in five games. Along with his previous Astros and Angels stints, Collins has a career 838-850 (.496) record in 11 total seasons as a manager.
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.