Indians starter Trevor Bauer once missed a playoff start because he cut his finger repairing one of his drones. Even that consequence hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his hobby. Bauer revealed on Twitter on Monday that he once again injured himself with his drone.
Naturally, the Internet found it hilarious and started making jokes about it, to which Bauer responded:
Drones aside, Bauer has had an interesting offseason. His rivalry with Astros third baseman Alex Bregman continued, as the two had a back-and-forth on Twitter in which Bauer challenged Bregman to a home run hitting contest at Driveline Baseball.
Bauer also responded to suggestions the Indians should trade him by saying they shouldn’t. On MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show last week, Bauer said, “Ultimately, I think the surplus value on me this year is just way too high. Even with an arbitration raise, you’re probably talking about $15 to $20 million of surplus value.”
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.