MLBPA gives Fehr $11 million severance package

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Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that Donald Fehr will receive an $11 million severance package when he steps down as executive director of the MLB Players Association.
Michael Weiner has already been voted in as the replacement for Fehr, who has headed the MLBPA since 1983. He was paid $1 million annually from 2001-2008 and sources told Nelson that his salary “has been stagnant since before that as well” because Fehr declined raises that were offered to him.
Instead “the framework was in place from those offers to determine a fair package for Fehr when he decided to step down” and his severance was approved by the players last month, with an estimated 97 percent voting in favor. “I think without a doubt there was no hesitation,” union subcommittee member and Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson said. “We kept looking at how much Bud Selig makes and we looked at how much Don Fehr hasn’t made.”
Selig reportedly earns around $18 million annually and Nelson points out that Fehr’s basketball counterpart, Billy Hunter, took home $3.5 million this year.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.

The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

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A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.