First MLB Player Opts Out of Season

Mike Leake, a righthanded pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the first MLB player to opt out of the upcoming season. Steve Gilbert, who covers the Diamondbacks for, was the first to report the news.

Leake’s agent gave a statement to ESPN’s Jeff Passan:

Mike Leake is set to be a free agent after the 2020 season. Here is an explanation of his opting out from his agent, Danny Horwits.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 29, 2020

MLB players are reporting to their second Spring Training this week; there is going to be a 60-game sprint of a season followed by an expanded playoffs. Unlike the NBA, which is set to take place in a bubble in Orlando, MLB is planning to do their season in teams’ home cities.