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.
The agent did not reveal the reason Leake chose to sit out the season. but more players are expected to follow leading up to next month's training camp. "I can not speak for anyone else, but given the unusual season, this is the best decision for me and my family, and I appreciate the organization's understanding and support".
"I have a 3-week-old baby".
According to a statement released by the team Monday through Twitter, "Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and loved ones".
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake, as well as longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have made a decision to opt-out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.
"We are one hundred percent supportive of their decision not to play this year", Rizzo said. There's a lot of factors that I and others have to consider.
The 35-year-old who has been a fixture for the Nationals since 2005 said this does not mean he's retiring.
Zimmerman, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Nationals, hit.257/.321/.415 last season with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 52 games.
The right-handed Ross, 27, was 4-4 with a 5.38 ERA for the Nationals last season.
"During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season", the agent told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Horwits continued. "After thorough consideration, he has chosen to opt out of playing in 2020".
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo issued a statement of support Monday.