Jake Arrieta inked a three-year, $75 million deal when he signed with the Phillies before the 2018 season. It contained an opt-out after the first two years. You will not be at all shocked to learn that, per Jon Heyman’s report today, Arrieta will not be opting out of the final year of his contract.
Under the deal he stands to make $20 million in 2020, after making $30 million in 2018 and $25 million in 2019. After a year in which posted an ERA of 4.64 in 135.2 innings over 24 starts, missing time due to bone spur surgery there was no way he was going to get more than $20 million as a free agent, so he’s probably wise to stick with the bird in the hand.
Arrieta is expected to be good to go for spring training next February.
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.