Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Rangers are interested in trading for a starting pitcher and Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner “remains the top target.”
Cashner is from Texas and went to college at TCU. He also has two seasons of team control remaining before free agency, which is what the Rangers are looking for in a starter. And the Padres’ new general manager, A.J. Preller, was formerly Rangers general manager Jon Daniels’ assistant.
Cashner has struggled to stay healthy and his win-loss records haven’t been pretty in large part because the Padres’ lineup can’t score any runs, but since shifting to the rotation full time he has a 2.96 ERA in 51 starts while holding opponents to a .234 batting average.
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’.