Billy Beane says the Athletics aren’t likely to fill their void at shortstop via free agency, reports CSN California’s Joe Stiglich. Jed Lowrie is likely headed elsewhere, and the shortstop market isn’t too appealing as Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera are the most appealing options at the moment.
Lowrie did a decent job in his two seasons with the A’s, batting .271/.334/.405 while accruing 3.1 Wins Above Replacement over 1,228 plate appearances. If the Athletics aren’t keen on Drew or Cabrera, they would likely have to address the position via another trade. Beane has already been quite active early on in the off-season, having traded Josh Donaldson while adding Ike Davis and Billy Butler.
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.