Before deciding on the Cubs, David Ross heard on the radio that he signed with the Padres

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David Ross recently took Rob Bradford of WEEI.com behind the scenes of how he landed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs. If you recall, there was an incorrect report out there that Ross had decided to sign with the Padres. I recommend reading the whole story, but here’s how it felt to be in his shoes on that day:

“It was a really weird day,” he said. “I went to sleep and got up the next morning and my agent told me the Padres had made another offer. I told him I was going to workout and we would talk when I got out. I literally got out of the gym, turned on my radio and they said David Ross had committed to the Padres. I couldn’€™t believe it. So I got my agent on the phone right away to try and figure that out. For about two hours of my day, it was crazy.

“I had turned [the Padres] down twice, saying no right away. I hadn’€™t fully committed to the Cubs, but I had. I wanted to be a man of my word. Me and Theo [Epstein] go back to 20€™08 and I respect him. Once Boston was off the table, I had already put my heart with Chicago.”

Baseball rumors are a strange phenomenon even for an outsider. Imagine living in the middle of them?

Ross turns 38 in March and was limited to only 55 games this past season due to injury while batting just .184 with seven home runs and a .629 OPS, so he admitted to being “really shocked” at the level of interest in him this winter. After deciding on Chicago, he’ll catch a couple of days per week backing up Miguel Montero and function as Jon Lester’s personal catcher once again.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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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’.