UPDATE: The deal is official.
10:44 a.m. ET: The Padres have apparently secured some extra bullpen depth, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that veteran reliever Casey Janssen has a locker in the clubhouse. Nothing is official, but Brock writes that he likely received a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Janssen missed the early part of last season due to a shoulder issue and ended up with a 4.95 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. The 34-year-old became a free agent in November after the Nationals declined a $7 million option on him for 2016.
The Padres traded Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit over the winter, so there’s opportunity in the late innings for San Diego. Fernando Rodney currently projects to be the team’s closer.
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.