The Indians officially acquired Brandon Moss from the A’s on Monday afternoon and now have a glut of corner outfield, first base, and designated hitter types, so it’s reasonable to expect that another trade is on the horizon. Nick Swisher? Maybe, if they’re able to find a taker. How about Carlos Santana?
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that teams have contacted the Indians about Santana’s availability, though Morosi adds that no deal is close.
Santana is under contract at team-friendly rates for the next three seasons — he’s owed $6 million in 2015, $8.25 million in 2016, and $12 million on a club option for 2017 — so the Cleveland front office will probably have to be bowled over by an offer this winter to accept it. They want to compete right now, and Santana can be a premier slugger for stretches. The 28-year-old registered an .872 OPS with 21 home runs and 68 RBI over his final 102 games in 2014.
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’.