‘Beef’ was the third Washington Nationals’ player to opt out of their 60-man roster. He has a wife and two children in the Dominican Republic which is why he doesn’t want to spend his summer playing baseball away from them. However, his coaches understand.
He was competing to be the Nationals’ third option at catcher behind Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes. With the expanded roster format, there was a good chance that he would play on opening day as part of the active roster. But family comes first and Castillo decided he had to prioritize.
Washington Wizards star Beal lit up their season. And that’s exactly why he chose to opt out of the bubble. After a career year, Beal and the Wizards recognize the need for him to stay healthy. Fans expect Beal to stay in Washington in 2020 after he signed a two-year extension last year.
However, the Wizards aren’t exactly competitive, so Beal will keep his options open. He averaged 30.5 points per game this season, a new career-high by nearly five points. He’s in the top form of his NBA career and will be a vital cog for the Wizards next season.