Here are the Major League Baseball players who opted out of 2020 season and why

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Wednesday is the first day of July, and it's the month in which Major League Baseball is scheduled to return.

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic could change those plans, but the Royals are set to begin workouts Friday at Kauffman Stadium and begin games either July 23 or 24.

The other 29 teams will also be opening camps and nearly ...Read more

MLB's 'Field of Dreams' game reportedly is still on for Aug. 13. But it might not be White Sox vs. Yankees.

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CHICAGO -- The status for the "MLB at Field of Dreams" game hasn't changed, according to a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

The Chicago White Sox originally were scheduled to play the New York Yankees Aug. 13 on the Dyersville, Iowa, farm where the Oscar nominated film "Field of Dreams" took place.

The new 2020 schedule has not been ...Read more

Rockies' Ian Desmond calls for change as he opts out of 2020 MLB season

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DENVER -- Ian is out.

The Rockies didn't see this one coming. On the same day general manager Jeff Bridich said "at this point we expect everyone to be there" for the Rockies and Major League Baseball's belated season, highly paid outfielder Ian Desmond announced he has chosen to not play in 2020.

In a post on his Instagram account, Desmond ...Read more

MLB to have its experts weigh decision to let Texas Rangers fans into Globe Life Field

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Major League Baseball isn't yet prepared to unveil its 60-game schedule for 2020 as it monitors COVID-19 spikes nationwide and considers if it would be safe to play games in certain cities.

That includes Arlington, where the Texas Rangers are dealing with their own outbreak in the offices at Globe Life Field. Nevertheless, ...Read more

Padres have options, different reasons for using DH

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SAN DIEGO -- Having the designated hitter for a season in the National League is as much about options as it is about offense.

More than anything, it is a matter of health.

With just three weeks of preseason summer camp after 31/2 months in which the MLB season was suspended, it was deemed to be too risky to pitchers' health to add hitting and...Read more

Giants' outfield prospect Hunter Bishop tests positive for COVID-19

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Giants outfield prospect and Bay Area native Hunter Bishop was expected to report to Oracle Park for workouts this week, but those plans have been put on hold.

The Giants announced Monday that Bishop has tested positive for COVID-19.

Giants' president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Bishop tested positive in Arizona on Friday and that...Read more

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross are first MLB players to opt out of season

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Ryan Zimmerman has been a fixture in the Washington Nationals lineup and clubhouse since the franchise moved from Montreal in 2005, and he was a key reserve on a team that beat the Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game World Series last October.

But if Major League Baseball is able to launch a pandemic-shortened 60-game season in late July, ...Read more

MLB releases new rules and guidelines for shortened season, including extra-inning change and a National League DH

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With players now reporting to their teams' home cities in preparation for resuming spring training and preparing for the season, Major League Baseball has released rule changes along with on-field and off-field health and safety protocols as it tries to operate during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The official report date for the three-week ...Read more

Mariners sign right-hander Connor Phillips — the last of their 2020 draft picks

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SEATTLE -- The last of the Mariners' six draft picks from the 2020 Major League Baseball amateur draft signed his professional contract on Monday.

Right-handed pitcher Connor Phillips, Seattle's competitive balance round B pick (No. 64 overall) signed for a $1,050,300 bonus, which was the full slot value of the pick.

"We're excited to add ...Read more

Arizona pitcher Mike Leake reportedly joined by Washington's Joe Ross, Ryan Zimmerman in sitting out season

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Mike Leake is putting the health of his family and over a $5.6 million salary and his love of baseball.

He won't be the only one.

Leake, 32, became the first known player in Major League Baseball to opt out of his contract rather than play for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leake pitched briefly for the San Francisco ...Read more

Report: A's sign 2020 first-round pick for $3.3 million

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Tyler Soderstrom -- a Turlock, California, native -- signed a $3.3 million deal with the Oakland A's on Monday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The A's selected Soderstrom, an 18-year-old catcher out of Turlock High School, in the first round, 26th overall of the 2020 MLB Draft. Soderstrom is the son of former San Francisco Giants pitcher Steve ...Read more

Twins coaches Bob McClure, 68, and Bill Evers, 66, sidelined for season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Citing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Twins will not allow bullpen coach Bob McClure and major league coach Bill Evers to work games this year, according to a source with knowledge of the decisions.

Pete Maki, the minor league pitching coordinator, is in line to step in as the new bullpen coach, ...Read more

Depth, discipline crucial to Phillies' success in coronavirus-shortened MLB season

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PHILAELPHIA -- Put away the asterisks.

If, somehow, Major League Baseball crosses the finish line of a 60-game season and playoffs, there need not be a question about the legitimacy of the eventual champion. Because that last team standing, no matter how unlikely, would have overcome more challenges – and in less time – than any World ...Read more

Angels include prospects Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh and Jordyn Adams on 60-player roster

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels announced Sunday that top prospects Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh and Jordyn Adams will be included in the pool of players joining them in Southern California when the team reconvenes for a modified training camp next week.

Not on the list? First-round draft pick Reid Detmers, who signed for a reported bonus of $...Read more

Relievers Whitley, Oviedo added to Cardinals' Busch Stadium camp

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ST. LOUIS -- Young relievers Kodi Whitley and Johan Oviedo were significant non-roster additions Sunday to the Cardinals' 44-man roster which will begin drills at Busch Stadium on Friday, preparatory to the start of Major League Baseball's 60-game season to begin on July 23-24.

The remainder of what will be a maximum player pool of 60 players ...Read more

Top prospects highlight Miami Marlins' camp roster. Here's the full list

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins' 60-player club pool for the 2020 season is mostly set.

In simplest terms: The roster looks similar to the one they fielded when they originally started spring training back in February before the coronavirus pandemic put baseball on hold for three months.

Seen another way: It shows the team's plan to continue ...Read more

Chicago Cubs release a 50-player camp roster that includes top prospects Brailyn Marquez and Brennen Davis

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs announced a summer camp roster Sunday night that includes 50 players: 39 who will train at Wrigley Field and 11 headed for South Bend, Ind.

The latter group includes top prospects Brailyn Marquez and Brennen Davis. Marquez is regarded as the organization's top pitching prospect and Davis the top outfield prospect.

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Here's why Spencer Torkelson isn't on the Detroit Tigers' 60-man player list — yet

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers' player pool for the 2020 season, submitted Sunday afternoon, featured most of the names expected earlier in the week. But there were a couple questions: Where was No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson? And why didn't outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. make the team?

Fear not, Tigers fans, Torkelson will be added before the...Read more

Pirates announce roster for spring training 2.0

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PITTSBURGH -- One of the final checkpoints before the Pittsburgh Pirates convene for Spring Training 2.0 this week was crossed on Sunday, as they released their list of players who will be in Pittsburgh or a part of their taxi squad.

MLB teams had a 4 p.m. deadline to release the list of up to 60 players who will report to training camp, which ...Read more

Royals include youngster Bobby Witt Jr. in 60-player pool for spring training 2.0

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals didn't make any completely shocking choices in who they will bring to Kansas City for the resumption of spring training this week, but the list did include top-rated prospect and 2019 first-round draft pick (No. 2 overall) Bobby Witt Jr.

Witt, a shortstop who was drafted out of high school last year, ...Read more