5@5: How does Michael Kopech's absence affect White Sox's expectations?

Monday, July 13th

David Haugh and Zach Zaidman conducted the daily 5 at 5 segment, debating a variety of questions.

-- What was your reaction to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein admitting the team will consider the “real-world impact” of any trades made before the Aug. 31 deadline? Is that belief consistent with winning a championship? Did anything else stand out about Epstein’s media session Friday?

-- How did the decision by White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech to opt out of the 2020 season affect your expectations for the team? What did you think of the way the White Sox responded? Should Kopech have issued a statement himself or explained himself more than he has?

-- Cubs left-hander Jon Lester gave up an infield hit and struck out four with no walks in 2 1/3 innings during an intrasquad game Sunday. How conceivable is it that Lester emerges as the team's ace this year? At 36, what’s realistic to expect from Lester? How many starts do you envision Lester making in 2020?

-- Bears receiver Allen Robinson fired back at NFL Network analyst LaDainian Tomlinson, who called the team's receiving corps its weakest position and claimed Robinson lacked consistency. Do you agree with Tomlinson that the receivers are the Bears' weakest group? And why do you think Robinson seems to lack respect nationally?

-- How do you think NBA commissioner Adam Silver has felt about the first few days life in the Orlando bubble? If you’re Silver, what has satisfied you and what would be your priorities or concerns heading into this week?