17. Felix Hernandez
Hernandez’s decision to opt out of the new season is definitely a blow for the Atlanta Braves. He was almost certain to make their 30-man roster to play a part in their quest for a third straight NL East title. Unfortunately for the Braves, they’ll have to do without the veteran.
After several players tested positive for the illness, Hernandez decided not to risk it. The pitcher is a loss for the Braves because they’ll have to bring in another younger player before they were ready. A few months ago, Hernandez was fighting for his job. Now he’s walked away.