One of the more aggravating baseball arguments of the past couple of years involves declaring a winner in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade between the Royals and the Rays. When it happened, all the stathead/prospect guys thought the Rays fleeced the Royals. When the Royals made the World Series opinions shifted. Or, in some cases, some shade was thrown at the stathead/prospect guys. It’s been just as much proxy war in the grand battle over sabermetrics and projections as it has been actual trade analysis.
But never fear, because Wil Myers — who is, like James Shields, now with the Padres — has declared a winner:
To be fair, a LOT of people made that same joke Sunday night and Monday morning after news of the Shields signing hit. But it’s way better coming from one of the subjects of the trade itself.
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’.