Last month, when the Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was “not a permanent move.”
It turns out he was right, because the Braves have designated Cahill for assignment and dropped him from the roster after he allowed 23 runs in 26 innings.
Cahill made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract, but he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA since the beginning of last season and has now been dumped by both the Diamondbacks and the Braves within the past three months.
Cahill is still just 27 years old and is making $12 million this season, but he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.