Cardinals acquire reliever Steve Cishek from Marlins

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Cardinals have traded for Marlins right-hander Steve Cishek, who’s been working as a setup man after being demoted from the closer role.

As a side-armer with modest velocity Cishek is far from a prototypical closer, but he did a fine job in the role with 34 saves in 2013 and 39 saves last season. However, when he struggled early on this year the Marlins sent him to the minors and then brought him back up as a setup man.

Since rejoining the bullpen in mid-June he’s thrown 12.2 innings with a 0.71 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .239 batting average, so Cishek should be a nice fit working the seventh or eighth inning in front of All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis. He has a 2.86 ERA and 312 strikeouts in 290 innings, allowing a total of just 12 homers.

In exchange for Cishek the Marlins get Double-A reliever Kyle Barraclough, a 2012 seventh-round draft pick with good strikeout rates and very bad control. St. Louis takes on the $3 million or so remaining on Cishek’s contract for this season and he’s also under team control via arbitration for 2016, although the high salary makes him a non-tender candidate.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.