Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Yoan Moncada is in agreement with the Chicago White Sox on five-year extension. There is one club option. The deal buys out one free agent year. Two if the option is exercised. Jeff Passan of ESPN says the deal is worth $70 million.
Moncada, 24, was one time the top prospect in all of baseball and, for a hot minute, had some people thinking he wouldn’t live up to his potential. His 2019 season put that talk to rest in a major way, however, as he hit .315/.367/.548 with 25 homers and 79 driven in.
Moncada, along with Tim Anderson, Eloy Jiménez, and Luis Robert, form an exciting young core for the Chisox and are all now locked up under long term deals. They, along with veterans Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel and José Abreu, are going to make the White Sox a pretty popular pick to make a massive leap toward long-term contention starting this year.
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.