Angels could trade Howie Kendrick or David Freese for pitching

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels are expected to pursue pitching during the off-season by making second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese available in a trade. The Angels will be looking for both starting and relief pitching.

Kendrick is entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract extension signed in January 2012. Freese will be entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, having earned just over $5 million this past season.

As Rosenthal notes, the Angels would have an easier time replacing Kendrick, as Grant Green or Gordon Beckham could fill the void, with Alex Yarbrough not far behind. The Angels lack depth at third base; losing Freese would likely mean using Beckham full-time at the hot corner, something he hasn’t done since 2009 with the White Sox.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.