Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos are “inching closer to completing a deal.”
Chirinos, 35, spent last season with the Astros, helping them reach the World Series where they lost in seven games to the Nationals. During the regular season, Chirinos hit .238/.347/.443 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI over 437 trips to the plate. He earned high grades for his defense, playing a big part in his career-best 3.8 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
Chirinos would be the full-time catcher for the Rangers, backed up by either Jeff Mathis or Jose Trevino. They will handle a rotation that includes newcomers Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson, and Jordan Lyles as well as returning hurlers Mike Minor and Lance Lynn.
The Rangers and Chirinos are no strangers to each other as the backstop spent his 2013-18 seasons in Arlington.
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.