Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has opted out of the 2020 season, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.
Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen also said two players on Arizona's 60-man roster tested positive for COVID-19, as did another player not in Arizona. Leake, a reliable rotation stalwart who has started at least 20 games in every season since his debut in 2010, joined the D-backs in a July 2019 trade.
Leake's agent Danny Horwits of Beverly Hills Sports Council, made the following statement, per Buchanan: "During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season". Leake went 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA with Arizona and earned his first AL Gold Glove Award for his time with the Mariners. "We will miss their presence in the clubhouse and their contributions on the field".More news: Lululemon to buy home fitness start-up Mirror for US$500 million
The Diamondbacks also will be without two worldwide prospects due to travel issues during the pandemic: outfielder Kristian Robinson of the Bahamas and Brazilian right-hander Bo Takahashi. And at the age of 35, he wanted to clarify the decision to not play in the upcoming season does not mean he's retiring. Should there be any dispute about what falls within "high-risk", a four-person committee has been formed to settle the issue, and an independent expert has been designated should the committee reach a deadlock.
"All people appreciates how a great deal it suggests to me to be component of a staff, and I will miss that camaraderie dearly this 12 months", he said in a independent assertion. "Of course I would love to pursue titles back-to-back. I simply can not converse for any person else, but offered the nature of the year, this is the most effective conclusion for me and my household, and I actually value the organization's comprehending and help". Zimmerman wrote a piece for the Associated Press last week, discussing the decision he was making.
"I have a 3-week-old baby", Zimmerman said.More news: California's Newsom creates 'strike teams' to enforce business shutdowns amid coronavirus surge
Typically, the 30 Major League Baseball teams each play 162 games from late March or early April to late September or early October, followed by a season. First official workouts will be held Friday. He appeared in 27 games last season and was in line to compete to be the Nationals' fifth starter.
Leake is a 10-year Major League Baseball veteran heading into what would have been his second season with the Diamondbacks.More news: Cineworld reopening date pushed back