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Rockies’ Ian Desmond opting out of 2021 season, “for now”

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Rockies veteran outfielder Ian Desmond might not return to baseball for the 2021 season.

Desmond, 35, opted out of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Sunday morning, announced in an Instagram Stories post that “for now” he does not plan to play in 2021, either.

The Rockies confirmed Desmond’s decision.

The post from @i_dez20 reads:

“Over the last few months, I’ve had tough conversations. I’ve asked a lot of questions and done a lot of thinking. For now, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2021 season. My desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back and play baseball under these circumstances. I’m going to continue to train and watch how things unfold.

“This impacts a lot of people, some positively and some negatively, and I own that. At the end of the day, this weighs on me more than anyone but I’m following my heart and I feel good about my decision. I’ve let my teammates know, as well as the coaching staff and front office, and they have all been extremely understanding and supportive. I wish nothing but the best for the entire Rockies organization and have let them know I am willing to do whatever I can to help them from afar.”

Desmond is in the final year of a five-year, $70 million contract. He was owed $8 million this season. The Rockies hold the option on a $15 million payment for 2022.

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