Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has taken Addison Reed out of the closer’s role, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports. Hale plans to play the match-ups rather than name a new closer, but veteran Brad Ziegler will likely end up seeing most of the save chances.
Reed, 26, recently blew a save in spectacular fashion when he served up a go-ahead grand slam to Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor on Wednesday. He’s only 2-for-4 in save opportunities while allowing eight runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out 10 in 10 innings of work. Reed wasn’t that reliable last year, either, when he finished 32-for-38 in save chances with a 4.25 ERA and a 69/15 K/BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings.
Ziegler, 35, has quietly been among baseball’s most consistently reliable relievers since 2008. Never a full-time closer, he has a career 2.52 ERA with a 315/169 K/BB ratio in 475 innings. Jonny Venters is the only reliever with a higher ground ball rate (68.4%) than Ziegler (65.9%) since the start of the ’08 season.
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’.