Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that while Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back 2014 closer David Robertson, he thinks his club has enough bullpen depth to move forward as presently constructed. The Yankees signed Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million contract earlier today which pairs him up at the back end of the bullpen with Dellin Betances.
Robertson is reportedly seeking “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the area of four years and $50 million. The Yankees would obviously be interested if he reduced his asking price. There hasn’t been a lot of buzz around the right-hander aside from the Yankees, as the Astros and Blue Jays are the two most serious teams linked to him thus far.
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.