MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have signed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year major league contract. The deal is worth $3 million with an additional $1.5 million available in incentives, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Storen, 29, started the season with the Blue Jays but struggled to a 6.21 ERA over 33 1/3 innings. The club traded him in late July to the Mariners in exchange for Joaquin Benoit. After joining Seattle, Storen put up an improved 3.44 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
Reds manager Bryan Price had been planning on using a three-headed giant in the closer’s role with Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen. Given Storen’s recent inconsistency and injury issues, he’s not likely to jump back into the closer’s role immediately. The most likely scenario figures to be Storen setting up for Iglesias.
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.