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Full List Of MLB Players Opting Out Of 2020 Season



As summer camps get set to open, players around Major League Baseball are deciding whether they want to play amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association, players who are designated as high risk can opt out of playing this season and still receive their pay and service time. With COVID-19 cases rising across the South and West, many players are making the individual decision whether health protocols put in place by the league are enough for them to feel comfortable playing.

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Players who are not designated as high risk and who opt out for the health reasons of others, such as family members, will not automatically receive their pay and service time, although clubs have mechanisms available to award them both if they choose. Coaches, trainers and other non-player personnel may also opt out of participating this season. Whether they receive their pay will be determined on a club-by-club basis.

Here is the list of players who have opted out of playing this season. This list will be updated as players announce they are opting out.



Angels

Astros

Athletics

Braves: Eric Young (coach), RHP Felix Hernandez, OF Nick Markakis

Brewers

Blue Jays

Cardinals

Cubs

D-backs: RHP Mike Leake

Dodgers: LHP David Price

Giants

Indians: Brad Mills (coach)

Mariners

Marlins

Mets

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross, 1B Ryan Zimmerman, C Welington Castillo

Orioles

Padres

Phillies

Pirates

Rangers

Rays

Reds

Red Sox

Rockies: OF Ian Desmond

Royals

Tigers

Twins: Bill Evers (coach), Bob McClure (coach)

Note: Evers and McClure were sidelined by the Twins after taking their age and pre-existing conditions into consideration, as opposed to opting out themselves. They will both still be paid.

White Sox

Yankees

Free Agents: RHP Tyson Ross

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