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Braves’ Felix Hernandez Opts Out of 2020 MLB Season over COVID-19 Concerns

Atlanta Braves pitcher Felix Hernandez will not be rejoining his club this season.

Hernandez’s agent, Wilfredo Polidor, announced the 34-year-old has opted out of playing in 2020 over concerns about the coronavirus, per MLB insider Robert Murray.

Earlier Saturday, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price announced he was opting out as well because of concerns over his and his family’s health. In doing so, Price is forfeiting nearly $12 million in salary.

Hernandez’s decision doesn’t carry nearly as much financial weight.

After spending 15 years with the Seattle Mariners, winning a Cy Young in 2010, Hernandez became a free agent following the 2019 season.