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Bruce Bochy to serve as special advisor to Giants

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Manager Bruce Bochy will serve as a special advisor to the Giants, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bochy retired as a manager at the end of last season. The Giants set the new role for him upon his retirement, but the organization hadn’t announced it until Thursday.

Bochy has already met with members of the front office and coaching staff, and was involved in hiring the new manager, which turned out to be Gabe Kapler. Bochy is expected to be with the Giants during spring training as well.

Along with his new responsibilities with the Giants, Bochy will manage the French national baseball team as the nation attempts to qualify for the World Baseball Classic in 2021.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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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.