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Diamondbacks acquire Tim Locastro from Yankees

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The Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday that the club acquired outfielder Tim Locastro from the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Ronald Roman and cash considerations. Locastro was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday.

Locastro, 26, played briefly in the majors the last two years with the Dodgers, who designated him for assignment back in November. In 21 major league games, he owns a .583 OPS. Locastro has played strictly in the outfield in the big leagues, but spent significant time at second base and shortstop in the minors.

Locastro will provide depth for the Diamondbacks, who also recently signed Wilmer Flores.

The D-Backs signed Roman, 17, out of the Dominican Republic last summer.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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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.