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.





Braves: Eric Young (coach), RHP Felix Hernandez

Note: OF Nick Markakis previously opted out but has re-joined the Braves. 

Brewers: OF Lorenzo Cain, RHP Shelby Miller

Blue Jays

Cardinals: RHP Jordan Hicks, Willie McGee (coach)


D-backs: RHP Mike Leake

Dodgers: LHP David Price

Giants: C Buster Posey

Indians: Brad Mills (coach), Ty Van Burkleo (coach)


Marlins: 2B Isan Diaz

Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes, RHP Marcus Stroman

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

Orioles: RHP Kohl Stewart



Pirates: RHP Hector Noesi




Red Sox: RHP Collin McHugh

Rockies: OF Ian Desmond, LHP Tim Collins



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. They will both still be paid. 

White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech


Free Agents: RHP Tyson Ross, LHP Francisco Liriano

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