Main League Baseball has its first identified participant opting out of the 2020 season.
Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake goes to sit down out of the 60-game season amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
The 32-year-old right-hander was listed on the Diamondbacks’ 60-player pool that the membership launched earlier on Monday, with exercises for a second spring coaching set to start on Friday, however the pending free agent has determined towards it.
“Throughout this world pandemic, Mike and his household had many discussions about taking part in this season,” Leake’s agent, Danny Horwits, wrote in a statement obtained by The Publish’s Joel Sherman. “They took numerous components into consideration, lots of that are private to him and his household. After thorough consideration, he has chosen to decide out of taking part in in 2020. This was not a simple resolution for Mike. He needs one of the best of luck and well being for his Diamondback teammates this season and he’s trying ahead to 2021.”
Leake is a 10-year veteran and went 12-11 with a four.29 ERA final yr, which he cut up between the Mariners and Diamondbacks. He’s within the last yr of a five-year, $80 million contract and can go up about $5.6 million in an adjusted 60-game wage by sitting out.