First the Diamondbacks stripped Addison Reed of closing duties and now they’ve demoted the right-hander with a $4.9 million salary to Triple-A at age 26.
Reed saved 101 games from 2012-2014, including 32 games for the Diamondbacks last season after the team’s previous front office regime acquired the so-called proven closer from the White Sox. But throughout all the saves Reed had a 4.20 ERA and served up way too many homers to be reliable in the late innings.
He’s regressed even further this season, allowing 16 runs in 24 innings for a 5.92 ERA, and Reed will likely have to put together a good stretch at Triple-A just to re-enter the Diamondbacks’ plans as a middle reliever.
Side-arming setup man Brad Ziegler has stepped into the closer role for Arizona and done a very nice job, saving 10 games with a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings.
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’.