For every player acquired, one has to go. Sadly, sometimes, the one who has to go is a fan favorite. The Indians just designated Juan Uribe — a fan favorite of just about every team he’s ever played for — for assignment in order to make roster room for Andrew Miller and Brandon Guyer.
Uribe has had a tough year, hitting .206/.259/.332 with seven homers in 73 games. That’s just not going to cut it for a contender. It’s likely that Jose Ramirez will take over as the everyday third baseman. Ramirez has played a lot of third this year, especially in late innings, and has covered some outfield time that Guyer will no presumably fill.
The Indians made a nice post on Twitter to accompany the transaction:
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports some good news: the Nationals have chosen to include scouts and minor league personnel as part of the group receiving World Series shares for the 2019 season. Manager Dave Martinez said it’s the first time he’s heard of such a thing happening.
The full postseason shares were announced last month. The Nationals players’ pool was in excess of $29 million. Obviously, adding such a large group of people reduces the average share for everyone else, but it is a significant bonus for the scouts and minor league personnel. We have noted many times here that an unnecessarily high percentage of minor leaguers — as well as many ancillary workers for minor league teams — don’t make a living wage. This bonus could mean someone is able to make rent, buy groceries, or buy their kids holiday gifts.
Really classy move on the Nationals’ part. Hopefully it becomes standard practice. Or, better yet, hopefully it becomes standard practice to simply pay minor leaguers and associated staff a fair wage.