MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies have signed first baseman Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Reynolds, 35, spent last season with the Nationals, batting .248/.328/.476 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 235 plate appearances. He was a part-time player, splitting playing time at first base with Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams.
The Rockies signed Daniel Murphy with the intention of playing him at first base, and the club also has Ian Desmond and Ryan McMahon who could see some time there. It seems unlikely Reynolds finds his way to meaningful playing time in Colorado. However, he could turn a strong spring performance into an opportunity elsewhere and potential value for the Rockies.
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.