Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and will miss five to six months, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Mondesi suffered a joint tear on Sunday. He still may be ready for Opening Day next year.
Mondesi, 24, put up a subpar .715 OPS across 443 plate appearances, but used his speed to accrue 20 doubles, 10 triples, and 43 stolen bases (in 50 attempts). Including his above-average defense, Baseball Reference lists him with 2.5 Wins Above Replacement, the third-best total among position players on the Royals. He trailed Whit Merrifield (3.7) and Jorge Soler (3.3).
The Royals won’t be expected to contend next year and Mondesi is still pre-arbitration, so there is no need to rush him back for the start of the season.
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.