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  6. article_body => "<p>With Major League Baseball attempting to play the 2020 season with COVID-19 afflicting the nation, players have the option to not participate this year.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Those considered \u201chigh-risk\u201d for the coronavirus \u2014 per MLB\u2019s agreement with the MLBPA \u2014 can opt out and receive salary and service time. Those who are not can decline to play but may not receive salary and service time. Teams may offer both to players who live with high-risk individuals, however.<\/p>\n<p>Here is a running list of players who will sit out this season:<\/p>\n<h2>Mike Leake \u2014 Diamondbacks pitcher<\/h2>\n<p>On June 29, Leake became the first player to announce he will sit out. His agent said he&nbsp;and his family took \u201ccountless factors into consideration.\u201d MLB insider Jon Heyman said the right-hander will not be paid this season, meaning he doesn\u2019t fall under the high-risk designation.<\/p>\n<p>Leake was positioned to compete for a spot in Arizona\u2019s rotation and will become a free agent if they decline his $18 million 2021 option.<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Statement from Mike Leake&#39;s agent, Danny Horwits - President of Beverly Hills Sports Council: <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/u0Xp0WUCtw\">pic.twitter.com\/u0Xp0WUCtw<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Beverly Hills Sports Council (@BHSCouncil) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/BHSCouncil\/status\/1277689568787968000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 29, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Mike Leake has opted out due to the pandemic this year. He will not be paid in 2020 but his option and buyout are still active for \u201821. Agent Danny Horwits said Mike and his family weighed many personal factors, he wishes his teammates well and he\u2019ll be back in 2021. <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/dbacks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#dbacks<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JonHeyman\/status\/1277668019259482114?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 29, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<p class=\"wysiwyg-center\" dir=\"ltr\"><em><a href=\"https:\/\/smart.link\/5bb676790335f?site_id=Dig_RSN_Chi&amp;creative_id=nbcschi5720&amp;cp_4=www.nbcsports.com&amp;cp_1=washington&amp;cp_2=myteams-nbc-sports&amp;cp_3=nbcschi5720\">Click to download the MyTeams App for the latest Cubs news and analysis.<\/a><\/em><\/p>\n<h2>Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross&nbsp;<\/h2>\n<p>Zimmerman joined&nbsp;Leake in announcing his decision&nbsp;on June 29. The longtime National cited family circumstances \u2014 three kids, including a newborn, and his mother being high-risk. He made it clear he is not retiring, but he's set to become a free agent after this season.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"und\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/xlWn1V9sLP\">pic.twitter.com\/xlWn1V9sLP<\/a><\/p>&mdash; CAA Baseball (@CAA_Baseball) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/CAA_Baseball\/status\/1277684964667121667?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 29, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n\n<p>On the same day Zimmerman announced his decision, the Nationals revealed Ross also decided not to play. The club\u2019s statement cited \u201cthe personal health and safety of themselves and their loved&nbsp;ones\u201d in both players\u2019 decisions. Ross is arbitration eligible through 2021.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"und\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/FUwb7zUFHr\">pic.twitter.com\/FUwb7zUFHr<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Washington Nationals (@Nationals) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Nationals\/status\/1277687510303494144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 29, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h2>Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond<\/h2>\n<p>Desmond also revealed he won\u2019t play this year on June 29. He posted a powerful Instagram message discussing racial inequality in baseball, from Little League to MLB. 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line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">A post shared by <a href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/i_dez20\/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;\" target=\"_blank\"> Ian Desmond<\/a> (@i_dez20) on <time style=\" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;\" datetime=\"2020-06-30T01:53:07+00:00\">Jun 29, 2020 at 6:53pm PDT<\/time><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"\/\/www.instagram.com\/embed.js\"><\/script><br \/>\n<h2>Free agent pitcher Tyson Ross&nbsp;<\/h2>\n<p>On July 2, Heyman reported&nbsp;Ross joined&nbsp;his brother&nbsp;Joe&nbsp;in deciding not to play. Tyson Ross was with the Giants and in contention for a swingman job before San Francisco released him in late June, shortly after MLB lifted its transaction freeze.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Tyson Ross, currently a free agent, will join his brother Joe, a Nats pitcher, in sitting out this season. Both pitchers have given it a lot of thought. Their dad is a doctor, their mom a nurse.<\/p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JonHeyman\/status\/1278757822789046274?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 2, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h2>Nationals catcher Welington Castillo<\/h2>\n<p>Castillo became the third Nationals player to decide to sit out. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on July 3 the former Cubs and White Sox catcher was hesitant to play because he has young children.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">That means three Nationals have opted out to this point: Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Castillo. Castillo was an extra catcher who had a non-roster invite to spring training back in February\/March. Martinez cited Castillo being hesitant because of his family\/young kids in the DR.<\/p>&mdash; Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/dougherty_jesse\/status\/1279110799152291842?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 3, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h2>Dodgers pitcher David Price<\/h2>\n<p>Price announced on July 4 he will be sitting out this year, saying it\u2019s in the \u201cbest interest of my health and my family\u2019s health.\u201d He joined Los Angeles over the offseason in a trade from the Red Sox with Mookie Betts.<\/p>\n<p>Prior to his decision, <a href=\"https:\/\/www.latimes.com\/sports\/dodgers\/story\/2020-05-29\/david-price-donates-1000-to-each-dodgers-minor-league-player-june\" target=\"_blank\">Price donated $1,000 to every Dodgers minor leaguer <\/a>in June.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"und\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/eqQNi8FE29\">pic.twitter.com\/eqQNi8FE29<\/a><\/p>&mdash; David Price (@DAVIDprice24) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/DAVIDprice24\/status\/1279516107359916032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 4, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h2>Braves pitcher F\u00e9lix Hern\u00e1ndez<\/h2>\n<p>Hern\u00e1ndez' agent announced on July 4 the former Cy Young Award winner will&nbsp;sit out this year.&nbsp;Hern\u00e1ndez was vying for a spot in Atlanta\u2019s rotation.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">I have confirmed this report that F\u00e9lix Hern\u00e1ndez has decided to not play this year because of COVID\u201419 concerns. He was vying for a spot in the Braves\u2019 rotation l. <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/TwjsVNqGI3\">https:\/\/t.co\/TwjsVNqGI3<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/mlbbowman\/status\/1279608847263510533?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 5, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h2>Braves outfielder Nick Markakis*<\/h2>\n<p>Markakis announced his decision to sit out on July 6. He said his family, as well as teammate Freddie Freeman contracting a rough case of COVID-19, influenced his thinking.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cJust to hear him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough, it was kind of eye-opening,\u201d Markakis said of Freeman.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Here&#39;s <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Braves?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@Braves<\/a> outfielder Nick Markakis explaining why opting out of the 2020 season was the right decision for him and his family. <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/vea0apNQeV\">pic.twitter.com\/vea0apNQeV<\/a><\/p>&mdash; FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/FOXSportsBraves\/status\/1280176209582751744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 6, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n\n<p>*Markakis reversed course on July 29, opting back into the season.<\/p>\n<h2>Pirates pitcher H\u00e9ctor Noes\u00ed<\/h2>\n<p>The Pirates revealed on July 8 Noes\u00ed elected not to play for family reasons. He was on a minor league deal.<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Also from Shelton, Hector Noesi opted out, citing family reasons.<\/p>&mdash; Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JMackeyPG\/status\/1281033716253495297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 9, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h2>Giants catcher Buster Posey<\/h2>\n<p>Posey, the Giants longtime backstop and three-time champion, <a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/chicago\/cubs\/giants-buster-posey-opts-out-2020-season-after-adopting-premature-twins\" target=\"_blank\">revealed July 10<\/a> he won\u2019t be playing this year. The 33-year-old and his wife recently adopted premature twin girls.<\/p>\n<h2>White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech<\/h2>\n<p>The White Sox announced July 10 Kopech will not play this year. The 24-year-old hadn\u2019t arrived at Summer Camp due to personal reasons prior to Friday\u2019s news.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/chicago\/white-sox\/white-sox-pitcher-michael-kopech-decides-not-participate-2020-season\" target=\"_blank\">MORE:&nbsp;White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech decides not to participate in 2020 season<\/a><\/p>\n<p>\"Michael Kopech has informed us of his decision to not participate in the 2020 season,\" White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. \"We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive.<\/p>\n<p>\"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.\"<\/p>\n<h2>Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks<\/h2>\n<p>St. Louis announced Hicks opted out on July 13, citing pre-existing health concerns. The 23-year-old is recovering from June 2019 Tommy John surgery and is a Type 1 diabetic. He is eligible to receive salary and service time this year.<\/p>\n<h2>Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh<\/h2>\n<p>Boston announced McHugh's decision on July 19. The right-hander underwent an elbow procedure in December and it wasn't coming around as he hoped in his recovery.<\/p>\n<h2>Cubs outfielder Mark Zagunis<\/h2>\n<p>The Cubs announced Zagunis decided to sit out the season on July 23 when they revealed their Opening Day roster. Zagunis was part of their 60-man player pool.<\/p>\n<h2>Rockies pitcher Tim Collins<\/h2>\n<p>The Rockies announced Collins' decision on July 27. He didn't make their 30-man Opening Day roster but was in their 60-man player pool.<\/p>\n<h2>Orioles pitcher Kohl Stewart<\/h2>\n<p>Stewart informed the Orioles of his decision on July 31, stating the \"elevated risk&nbsp;of serious complications of COVID-19&nbsp;due to Type 1 diabetes continues to be of great concern.\"<\/p>\n<h2>Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain<\/h2>\n<p>Cain <a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/chicago\/cubs\/brewers-outfielder-lorenzo-cain-elects-not-play-rest-season\" target=\"_blank\">announced his decision<\/a> on Aug. 1, on&nbsp;the heels of&nbsp;multiple members of the Cardinals testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of their series against Milwaukee. The series was later postponed.<\/p>\n<h2>Marlins second baseman Isan D\u00edaz<\/h2>\n<p>D\u00edaz announced his decision on his Instagram story Aug. 1, in the midst of Miami's COVID-19 outbreak. His announcement cited seeing many of his teammates contract the coronavirus and how quickly it can spread.<\/p>\n<h2>Free agent pitcher Francisco Liriano<\/h2>\n<p>Liriano, a surprise cut by the Phillies shortly before Opening Day, opted to sit out the season on Aug. 2. He <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/ByRobertMurray\/status\/1289984774338154501\" target=\"_blank\">reportedly had multiple<\/a> guaranteed contract offers.<\/p>\n<h2>Mets outfielder Yoenis C\u00e9spedes<\/h2>\n<p>C\u00e9spedes didn't report to New York's game in Atlanta on Aug. 2. The team sent security to his hotel room and he was no longer there. C\u00e9spedes' agent announced the outfielder's decision afterward.<\/p>\n<h2>Brewers pitcher Shelby Miller<\/h2>\n<p>The Brewers announced Aug. 3 that Miller decided to sit out the rest of the season. He had been training at their alternate site and didn't make a big league appearance prior to the decision.<\/p>\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><iframe src=\"https:\/\/art19.com\/shows\/6a5920aa-aab0-4e95-8af1-49bd0b17c545\/embed?theme=dark-custom&primary_color=%23ffffff&playlist_type=latest\" style=\"width: 100%; height: 200px; border: 0 none;\" scrolling=\"no\"><\/iframe> \n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/chicago\/podcast#SoxTalk\">SUBSCRIBE TO THE WHITE SOX TALK PODCAST FOR FREE.<\/a><\/p>\n"
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With Major League Baseball attempting to play the 2020 season with COVID-19 afflicting the nation, players have the option to not participate this year. 

Those considered “high-risk” for the coronavirus — per MLB’s agreement with the MLBPA — can opt out and receive salary and service time. Those who are not can decline to play but may not receive salary and service time. Teams may offer both to players who live with high-risk individuals, however.

Here is a running list of players who will sit out this season:

Mike Leake — Diamondbacks pitcher

On June 29, Leake became the first player to announce he will sit out. His agent said he and his family took “countless factors into consideration.” MLB insider Jon Heyman said the right-hander will not be paid this season, meaning he doesn’t fall under the high-risk designation.

Leake was positioned to compete for a spot in Arizona’s rotation and will become a free agent if they decline his $18 million 2021 option.


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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross 

Zimmerman joined Leake in announcing his decision on June 29. The longtime National cited family circumstances — three kids, including a newborn, and his mother being high-risk. He made it clear he is not retiring, but he's set to become a free agent after this season.

On the same day Zimmerman announced his decision, the Nationals revealed Ross also decided not to play. The club’s statement cited “the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones” in both players’ decisions. Ross is arbitration eligible through 2021.

 


Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond

Desmond also revealed he won’t play this year on June 29. He posted a powerful Instagram message discussing racial inequality in baseball, from Little League to MLB. It’s heartfelt and worth a read:

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On my mind.

 

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Free agent pitcher Tyson Ross 

On July 2, Heyman reported Ross joined his brother Joe in deciding not to play. Tyson Ross was with the Giants and in contention for a swingman job before San Francisco released him in late June, shortly after MLB lifted its transaction freeze.


Nationals catcher Welington Castillo

Castillo became the third Nationals player to decide to sit out. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on July 3 the former Cubs and White Sox catcher was hesitant to play because he has young children.


Dodgers pitcher David Price

Price announced on July 4 he will be sitting out this year, saying it’s in the “best interest of my health and my family’s health.” He joined Los Angeles over the offseason in a trade from the Red Sox with Mookie Betts.

Prior to his decision, Price donated $1,000 to every Dodgers minor leaguer in June.


Braves pitcher Félix Hernández

Hernández' agent announced on July 4 the former Cy Young Award winner will sit out this year. Hernández was vying for a spot in Atlanta’s rotation. 


Braves outfielder Nick Markakis*

Markakis announced his decision to sit out on July 6. He said his family, as well as teammate Freddie Freeman contracting a rough case of COVID-19, influenced his thinking.

“Just to hear him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough, it was kind of eye-opening,” Markakis said of Freeman.

 

*Markakis reversed course on July 29, opting back into the season.

Pirates pitcher Héctor Noesí

The Pirates revealed on July 8 Noesí elected not to play for family reasons. He was on a minor league deal.


Giants catcher Buster Posey

Posey, the Giants longtime backstop and three-time champion, revealed July 10 he won’t be playing this year. The 33-year-old and his wife recently adopted premature twin girls.

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech

The White Sox announced July 10 Kopech will not play this year. The 24-year-old hadn’t arrived at Summer Camp due to personal reasons prior to Friday’s news.

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"Michael Kopech has informed us of his decision to not participate in the 2020 season," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "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."

Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks

St. Louis announced Hicks opted out on July 13, citing pre-existing health concerns. The 23-year-old is recovering from June 2019 Tommy John surgery and is a Type 1 diabetic. He is eligible to receive salary and service time this year.

Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh

Boston announced McHugh's decision on July 19. The right-hander underwent an elbow procedure in December and it wasn't coming around as he hoped in his recovery.

Cubs outfielder Mark Zagunis

The Cubs announced Zagunis decided to sit out the season on July 23 when they revealed their Opening Day roster. Zagunis was part of their 60-man player pool.

Rockies pitcher Tim Collins

The Rockies announced Collins' decision on July 27. He didn't make their 30-man Opening Day roster but was in their 60-man player pool.

Orioles pitcher Kohl Stewart

Stewart informed the Orioles of his decision on July 31, stating the "elevated risk of serious complications of COVID-19 due to Type 1 diabetes continues to be of great concern."

Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain

Cain announced his decision on Aug. 1, on the heels of multiple members of the Cardinals testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of their series against Milwaukee. The series was later postponed.

Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz

Díaz announced his decision on his Instagram story Aug. 1, in the midst of Miami's COVID-19 outbreak. His announcement cited seeing many of his teammates contract the coronavirus and how quickly it can spread.

Free agent pitcher Francisco Liriano

Liriano, a surprise cut by the Phillies shortly before Opening Day, opted to sit out the season on Aug. 2. He reportedly had multiple guaranteed contract offers.

 

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes

Céspedes didn't report to New York's game in Atlanta on Aug. 2. The team sent security to his hotel room and he was no longer there. Céspedes' agent announced the outfielder's decision afterward.

Brewers pitcher Shelby Miller

The Brewers announced Aug. 3 that Miller decided to sit out the rest of the season. He had been training at their alternate site and didn't make a big league appearance prior to the decision.

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