Through a statement issued by his representative agent, the right-handed pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mike Leake, announced that this 2020 season he will have no participation with his club.
The 32-year-old starter is so far the only major league player who has chosen not to play baseball this year, although he is not expected to be the only one to decline to participate in an atypical championship to be played amid a dangerous coronavirus pandemic that has caused thousands of deaths worldwide.
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is the first known major league player to opt out of the 2020 season, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 29, 2020
Leake was positioned to be fighting for a spot at the back end of the Diamondbacks' rotation. @SteveGilbertMLB first said Leake was opting out.
Here is the full statement that Dan Horwits, Leake's agent, published on social networks:
During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had a lot of discussions about playing this season. They took countless factors into account, many of which are personal to him and his family. After careful consideration, he has chosen not to play in 2020. This was not an easy decision for Mike. He wishes the best of luck and health to his Diamondbacks teammates this season and is looking forward to 2021. ”
Remember that at the end of this season, Mike Leake will become a free agent, however, the D-backs and the pitcher could reach an agreement for the 2021 season in exchange for US $ 18 million. We will see what emerges from the negotiation during the next dead season.