Per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres starter Andrew Cashner is open to signing an extension with the club. He said, “I’d love to stay in San Diego and I’ve let the front office know that. But I think that’s something that’s up to them.” Cashner will earn $4.05 million this season, his second of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Cashner, 28, has pitched well when healthy, but he has spent significant time on the disabled list dating back to 2011. He has dealt with a rotator cuff issue, a strained lat in his right shoulder, a lacerated tendon in his right thumb, and last season dealt with both a strained elbow and shoulder inflammation, causing him to spend 65 days on the disabled list. However, he finished with a 2.55 ERA and a 93/29 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings.
Recently, we learned that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro “covets” Cashner and may want him in a trade involving Cole Hamels.
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’.