Trevor Cahill cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week and the Diamondbacks have demoted the 26-year-old veteran of six big-league seasons to Single-A.
It’s no surprise that none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with Cahill because he’s making $7.7 million this season and is owed $12 million in 2015, plus future buyouts on team options as part of a five-year deal signed in 2011. And of course he also has a 5.66 ERA in 41 innings this season, so that didn’t help either.
There’s a good chance he’ll be back in the majors at some point relatively soon considering his 3.89 ERA in nearly 1,000 career innings prior to this season, but in the meantime he’s not taking up a spot on the 40-man roster and it’s possible the Diamondbacks could look to trade him if they eat enough salary.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.