Rhombus back right Mike Lake Steve Gilbert of the Major League Baseball (MLB.com) reported that we plan to withdraw from the 2020 season.Via Twitter). On the public health issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Leake became the first player to choose not to participate in the competition, although others will certainly follow suit.
D-backs general manager Mike Hazen has confirmed the decision, tweet Zach Buchanan in athletics. No details about Leake’s decision are known and need not be shared. When Hazen continued to say to reporters: “I think these conversations are essentially private”; (Twitter link Pass Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Leake’s agent Danny Horwits provided the following statement (Via ESPN’s Jeff Passan):
During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about this season’s game. They considered countless factors, many of which were personal to him and his family. After careful consideration, he chose to withdraw from the game in 2020. This is not easy for Mike. He hopes that this season’s Rattlesnake teammates will be lucky and healthy, and he looks forward to 2021.
At the time, 32-year-old Leake (Leake) was the last season of the 80-year contract originally signed with the Cardinals (Cardinals) for 5 years, although he has since been traded to Seattle and Arizona. He will allocate a salary of 16 million US dollars (approximately 5.5MM) this season, and will buy out 5 million US dollars in the 2021 season. Jon Heyman of the Major League Baseball (MLB Network) tweeted that he will no longer pay Leake by 2020, which shows that his decision was not because he was worried about his health, but because of The health of close relatives and loved ones. According to the agreement reached between the league and the union last week, only players deemed to be high-risk have the right to choose to receive salary and service time after withdrawal.
According to Leake’s previous trading terms, the Cardinals will pay the Mariners $4MM this season to pay for Leake’s salary. At the same time, the sailors hope to get Rake’s $9 million salary, which will be paid to D-backs in installments. These costs are probably forgivable now. As for Leake’s $5 million buyout of options in 2021, this has nothing to do with the 2020 season, so it should still be retained. Under the terms of trade last summer, the sailors should also be responsible for this amount.
Due to Leake’s unexpected surprise in Arizona’s rotating picture, the D-back is likely to rely on the quartet Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, Zac Gallen with Luke Weaver Leader rotation. Merrill Kelly May regain fifth place, although he will face competition from younger players, such as Alex Young, Jon Duplantier And, if it’s healthy, Corbin Martin. Arizona will also establish a quota of 40 people, Lake will no longer occupy the quota.