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Braves acquire infielder Ryan Schimpf

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The Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Schimpf, who turns 30 in April, was traded to the Rays back in December, has played 142 games and has made 527 plate appearances for the San Diego Padres over the past two seasons. He’s got power, having hit 34 homers and slugged .492, but he’s batting just .195 and got on base at a .317 clip over that time. The Padres moved him because they got Chase Headley. The Rays would seem to have more openings due to trading Evan Longoria, but I guess not.

It’ll be interesting to see how he does in the much more friendly hitter’s park he’ll now call home in Atlanta. Assuming, of course, he actually plays there and not in Gwinnett.

Nationals to pay minor leaguers $300 — not $400 — per week through June

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The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli reports that the Nationals will pay their minor leaguers $300 per week through the end of June. MLB agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through today, May 31. Many teams have extended that by at least a month. Some, like the Marlins, Padres, and Mariners, have committed to paying their minor leaguers beyond that.

Ghiroli also notes that the Nationals cut more than 30 minor leaguers, as there will almost certainly not be a minor league season this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is interesting that the Nationals are only offering $300 per week as opposed to the standard $400 weekly. If we assume that the Nationals’ organization has 275 minor leaguers, they will save $110,000 in August by offering $100 less. The Nationals are coming off of winning a championship. While the Nationals haven’t experienced as much of a boon as other champions due to the unfortunate timing, their owner still has a net worth north of $4 billion. The Nats’ franchise value is approximately $2 billion, per Forbes. No, it’s not all liquid, but $110,000 is change that gets lost between the couch cushions for this and many other franchises.

Players are taking note of which teams take care of their players and other personnel, and which are not. The teams that continued to pay minor leaguers, kept staff paid and on board, and helped in other ways will have a better time going forward of attracting and retaining talent both in terms of players and front office personnel (including scouts). While teams should pay their players out of a sense of morality, there is a competitive advantage to doing so as well.