Major piece of Chris Sale trade choosing to opt-out of 2020 season

Rob Bradford
July 10, 2020 - 6:30 pm

David Price. Buster Posey. And now comes another very interesting name who is opting out of the 2020 season.

Michael Kopech.

The former Red Sox prospect, who was one of the key players dealt to Chicago in the trade for Chris Sale, became the latest Major League Baseball player to opt-out of the 2020 season.

In a statement, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn wrote, "Michael Kopech has informed us of his decision to not participate in the 2020 season. 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, who was coming off of Tommy John surgery, had missed the first day of White Sox camp due to what was classified as personal reasons.

He was the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, with the Red Sox selecting the Texas high school star with their first selection that year. He pitched in four big-league games in 2018 before being shut down with an elbow injury. The righty appeared on one spring training game, displaying a fastball that sat near 100 mph throughout the first exhibition season.

The other major part of Chicago's return in the Sale deal, Yoan Moncada, has also been placed on the 10-day injured list for an undisclosed reason.

For a complete list of players who have tested positive for COVID-19, along with those who have chosen to opt-out of the 2020 season, click here.