Back in March the Rangers signed closer José Leclerc to a four-year, $14.75 million deal. As of today he is no longer the Rangers closer, with manager Chris Woodward saying today that he’ll now be utilized in low-leverage spots. At least for the time being.
It’s definitely an earned demotion. Leclerc has a 8.44 ERA. He’s walking everyone and when he’s getting hit he’s getting hit hard. Quite a contrast to 2018 when he posted a 1.56 ERA and 12 saves in 16 chances. He led all big league relievers with a .126 opponents’ batting average last year and struck out 85 batters and walked 25 in 57.2 innings.
In the meantime, Shawn Kelley and Chris Martin will likely get most of the save chances for Texas.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.