Former Yankees pitcher Wade LeBlanc has rejected an assignment to Triple-A and has elected to become a free agent, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. The Yankees had designated LeBlanc for assignment on Wednesday to make room for David Huff on the roster.
LeBlanc, 29, allowed two runs on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter in an inning of work in his only appearance for the Yankees at the major league level. The lefty began the season with the Angels, posting a 3.69 ERA with a 43/14 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake. He also made only one appearance for the Angels, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a start against the Athletics on May 30. The Angels designated him for assignment the next day, and the Yankees selected him off of waivers on June 3.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.