Opt-outs and COVID cases

Below is the current list of major league players who have opted out of playing in 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus, plus a list of players who are known to have been infected with COVID-19. This list will obviously grow and evolve as preseason training camps progress, and we will update it as needed to keep current.

It's important to realize at this point that there are many players, coaches, and staff that have tested positive for COVID-19 that are not on this list, because privacy laws dictate that only the infected persons themselves can authorize release of that information. The Mariners have infected players, but we do not know who they are (UPDATE: Mariners Yoshihisa Hirano and Dylan Moore have acknowledged being infected with the coronavirus before late arrivals at training camp). Minor leaguers who are on 40-man rosters or are among a team's 60-player pool for 2020 (or would have been, in the case of a few who tested positive before pools were announced) are also included.

Players & others who have opted out of the 2020 season

  • Mike Leake (RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Ryan Zimmerman (1B/3B, Washington Nationals)
  • Joe Ross (RHP, Washington Nationals)
  • Ian Desmond (IF/OF, Colorado Rockies)
  • Welington Castillo (C, Washington Nationals)
  • Tyson Ross (RHP, formerly SF Giants, now free agent)
  • David Price (LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Felix Hernández (RHP, Atlanta Braves)
  • Nick Markakis (OF, Atlanta Braves)
  • Hector Noesi (RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Michael Kopech (RHP, Chicago White Sox)
  • Buster Posey (C, San Francisco Giants)
  • Jordan Hicks (RHP, St. Louis Cardinals)
  • Collin McHugh (RHP, Boston Red Sox)
  • Mark Zagunis (OF, Chicago Cubs)
  • Tim Collins (RHP, Colorado Rockies)
  • Kohl Stewart (RHP, Baltimore Orioles)
  • Isan Díaz (IF, Miami Marlins)
  • Lorenzo Cain (OF, Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (OF, New York Mets)
  • Shelby Miller (RHP, Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Marcus Stroman (RHP, New York Mets)


  • Eric Young Sr. (coach, Atlanta Braves)
  • Brad Mills (coach, Cleveland Indians)
  • Willie McGee (coach, St. Louis Cardinals)
  • Fieldin Culbreth (umpire)
  • Tom Hallion (umpire)
  • Kerwin Danley (umpire)
  • Scott Barry (umpire)
  • Mike Winters (umpire)
  • Phil Cuzzi (umpire)
  • Brian Gorman (umpire)
  • Jerry Layne (umpire)
  • Gerry Davis (umpire)
  • Sam Holbrook (umpire)


Players known to have been infected with COVID-19

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Junior Guerra (RHP)*
  • Silvino Bracho (RHP)
  • Kole Calhoun (OF)*
  • Seth Beer (1B/OF)*

Atlanta Braves

  • Freddie Freeman (1B)*
  • Pete Kozma (IF)
  • Will Smith (LHP)*
  • Touki Toussaint (RHP)*
  • Travis d'Arnaud (C)*
  • Tyler Flowers (C)*

Baltimore Orioles

  • Anthony Santander (OF)*
  • Dwight Smith Jr. (OF)*

Boston Red Sox

  • Josh Taylor (LHP)
  • Darwinzon Hernández (LHP)*
  • Eduardo Rodríguez (LHP)
  • Bobby Dalbec (IF)*

Chicago White Sox

  • Yoan Moncada (3B)*

Cincinnati Reds

  • Matt Davidson (IF)*
  • at least one unidentified player

Cleveland Indians

  • Delino DeShields Jr. (OF)

Colorado Rockies

  • Charlie Blackmon (OF)*
  • Phillip Diehl (LHP)
  • Ryan Castellani (RHP)*

Detroit Tigers

  • Daniel Norris (LHP)*
  • Isaac Paredes (IF)*

Kansas City Royals

  • Salvador Pérez (C)*
  • Mike Matheny (Manager)*
  • Brad Keller (RHP)*
  • Ryan O'Hearn (1B)
  • Cam Gallagher (C)*
  • Jakob Junis (RHP)*
  • Hunter Dozier (IF)*

Los Angeles Angels

  • Patrick Sandoval (LHP)*
  • Julio Teheran (RHP)*
  • Parker Markel (RHP)

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Kenley Jansen (RHP)*

Miami Marlins

  • Matt Joyce (OF)*
  • José Ureña (RHP)*
  • Garrett Cooper (1B)
  • Harold Ramírez (OF)
  • Miguel Rojas (SS)
  • Jorge Alfaro (C)
  • Sandy Alcantara (RHP)
  • Thirteen unidentified players
    and two coaches

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Luis Urias (IF)*
  • Angel Perdomo (LHP)

Minnesota Twins

  • Miguel Sanó (3B)*
  • Willians Astudillo (IF)
  • Nick Gordon (SS/2B)
  • Edwar Colina (RHP)
  • Wilfredo Tovar (IF)

New York Mets

  • Brad Brach (RHP)*

New York Yankees

  • D.J. LeMahieu (IF)*
  • Luis Cessa (RHP)
  • Aroldis Chapman (LHP)*

Oakland Athletics

  • Jesús Luzardo*
  • Daniel Mengden (RHP)

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Scott Kingery (IF)*
  • Ranger Suarez (LHP)
  • Hector Neris (RHP)*
  • Tommy Hunter (RHP)*
  • Christian Bethancourt (IF)
  • Mikie Mahtook (OF)

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Socrates Brito (OF)*
  • Blake Cederlind (RHP)
  • Gregory Polanco (OF)*
  • Keone Kela (RHP)
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes (3B)*

San Diego Padres

  • Tommy Pham (OF)*
  • Jorge Mateo (IF)*

San Francisco Giants

  • Hunter Bishop (OF)
  • Luis Madero (IF)*

Seattle Mariners

  • Yoshihisa Hirano (RHP)*
  • Dylan Moore (IF)*

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Genesis Cabrera (LHP)*
  • Ricardo Sánchez (LHP)*
  • Elihuris Montero (3B)
  • Alex Reyes (RHP)*
  • Yadier Molina (C)*
  • Paul DeJong (SS)*
  • Junior Fernandez (RHP)
  • Kodi Whitley (RHP)*
  • Edmundo Sosa (IF)
  • Rangel Ravelo (1B)*
  • Lane Thomas (OF)
  • One unidentified player,
    six unidentified coaches and support staff

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Tyler Glasnow (RHP)*
  • Austin Meadows (OF)*
  • José Martínez (DH)*
  • Yonny Chirinos (RHP)*
  • Brendan McKay (LHP)*

Texas Rangers

  • Brett Martin (RHP)*
  • Joey Gallo (OF)*

Washington Nationals

  • Juan Soto (OF)*

Free Agents

  • Yasiel Puig (OF)
  • Francisco Liriano (RHP)

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