On Monday, three players declared that they would opt out of playing the 2020 season. Joe Ross, Ryan Zimmerman, and Mike Leake have all opted not to play, which is likely to become a relatively popular decision in the coming weeks. With a reignited pandemic, a lengthy labor dispute, and a second spring training, the excitement of the upcoming season is likely at an all-time low for players. Zimmerman is a 15-year veteran, whose career may be drawing near its end, and yet he has chosen to remain inactive until 2021. The motivations behind this decision are pure, as Zimmerman is simply protecting his family (which includes a newborn) from the dangers of COVID exposure, and could also set a precedent for those with familial considerations.
Mark Bowman takes fan questions regarding the upcoming season, including inquiries about the starting rotation.
Barring an injury, I would expect to see Hernández on the Braves’ Opening Day roster. His one-year, $1 million deal puts him at a pro-rated cost of a little less than $400,000. That could be a bargain if his presence and ability to eat innings leads to an extra win or two during this shortened season.
A rundown of what’s in store for the 2020 season.
Some of the top prospects around baseball were added to taxi squads over the weekend, and MLB.com compiled those additions.
The Mets are excited for what they hope will be a healthy season from Yoenis Cespedes, even if that season only lasts two months.
The Twins took extra measure on Monday to protect two of their coaches, Bill Evers and Bob McClure. The two veterans will be transitioned into remote roles in 2020 in an effort to protect them from the potential spread of COVID around the team.