Rockies, Jordan Lyles avoid arbitration

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Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.475 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Lyles underwent season-ending surgery in early June to repair a damaged ligament in his toe, finishing with a 5.14 ERA in 10 starts. Two seasons ago he showed a lot more promise with a 4.33 ERA in 127 innings.

As if often the case when a significant injury is involved, Lyles is accepting the same salary he was paid in 2015 and will not get a standard raise via the arbitration system. At age 25 and with a 5.10 career ERA this will be a crucial season for Lyles.

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.