Yankees GM Brian Cashman did not speak kindly of the past collective bargaining agreements, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Cashman said, “It’s already crippled us in the short term. Exhibit A is our free agency last year and a lot of the international markets I’ve been taken out of.”
Cashman is referring to the fact that the Yankees did not sign a single free agent last offseason, ostensibly because of the draft pick compensation rules. He also referenced international spending penalties placed on his team the past two seasons after signing shortstop Dermis Garcia, third baseman Nelson Gomez, outfielder Juan DeLeon, outfielder Jonathan Amundaray, and outfielder Antonio Arias in 2014. The current CBA expires on December 1. The owners and players are currently negotiating. It is believed that the draft pick compensation system will be scrapped in favor of something less penalizing.
Cashman continued, saying, “The previous CBAs have really hindered us, so I think the next one is something we’re clearly going to be interested in on how it will impact us over the entire course of the term of the contract. The previous ones have impacted us in a bad way.”
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.
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.
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.