Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: No players have opted out of 2020 season to date

Tim Stebbins
NBC Sports Chicago

General manager Jed Hoyer told reporters Monday zero Cubs players have come to the club to opt out of playing this season.

"To this point, we have not had anyone talk to us about opting out," Hoyer said in a Zoom session.

Players have the option to opt out of the 2020 season attempting to be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those placed in a "high-risk" category (with underlying risk factors for potential contraction of the coronavirus) will receive their prorated salary and service time. Those who are not may still opt out but wouldn't receive pay or service time.

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Hoyer added if any players do choose to opt out, the franchise will respect their decision. Ace Yu Darvish expressed concerns over the virus in March and appeared to be a possible opt-out candidate, but he will report to Cubs camp this week, a source told NBC Sports Chicago's Gordon Wittenmyer.

MORE: Cubs' Yu Darvish plans to play as others in MLB opt out over COVID-19 concerns

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross and Diamondbacks' Mike Leake have opted out of the season, to date.

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Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: No players have opted out of 2020 season to date originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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