A minor trade was just announced. It’ll have to tide us over until there are more major trades. The deal: the Athletics have sent utilityman Adam Rosales to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league RHP Jeferson Mejia.
Rosales, 34, has played second, third, short and multiple outfield positions this year. He’s hitting .234/.273/.346 in 223 plate appearances. He’s most famous for being the subject of multiple transactions which had him going back and forth between the A’s and the Rangers between 2013 and 2015. It’s shocking, in fact, to see him involved in a deal that does not involve Texas.
The A’s get Mejia, a 22 year-old reliever, currently in A-ball. He strikes out a lot of dudes. He walks a lot of dudes. Which is to say: pretty typical A-ball reliever.
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.