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Ryan Zimmerman considering sitting out the 2020 season

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Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been keeping a diary for the Associated Press. In his latest installment he wrote that he is still deciding whether to play this season.

Zimmerman notes that he has a three-week-old baby. Also, his mother has multiple sclerosis. In light of that it’s understandable that he’s wrestling with the decision as to whether to play or not. Per Major League Baseball’s health and safety guidelines, Zimmerman would forfeit his pay and service time for 2020 if he does not play. Only a high risk on the part of the player himself, as opposed to family members, triggers the pay/service time protections built in to the agreement between MLB and the MLBPA.

Zimmerman re-signed with the Nationals on a one-year, $2 million contract over the offseason after being limited to just 52 games due to injury last year. It was thought that if he could not re-sign with Washington that he’d prefer to retire. In light of that, it’s very possible that if he does sit out for 2020, Zimmerman has already taken his last at bat as a big leaguer.

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.