Per Nick Groke of The Athletic, pitcher Chad Bettis has announced his retirement from baseball. The right-hander, who signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February, said, “Today I am walking away from the game with my head held high, knowing that I pushed my body as far as it could go physically.”
Bettis, 31, was selected by the Rockies in the second round of the 2010 draft and remained with the organization through 2019. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in late 2016. Bettis triumphantly returned to the majors in August 2017.
Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, Bettis went 31-31 with a 5.12 ERA, 431 strikeouts and 210 walks over 600 2/3 innings.
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.