Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have inked veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $2 million contract that includes $5 million in performance bonuses.
Volquez, 35, signed a two-year minor league contract with the Rangers in February as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Marlins, posting a 4.19 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 53 walks over 92 1/3 innings. His season ended on July 5 that year.
The last-place Rangers finished 67-95 this past season and their prospects aren’t expected to get much better in 2019. If he’s able to, Volquez will simply eat up innings for the Rangers throughout the year. MLB.com currently lists the Rangers’ starting rotation as Mike Minor, Ariel Jurado, Yohander Méndez, Adrian Sampson, and Drew Smyly. Yikes.
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.