Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rockies are close to an agreement with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on a one-year deal.
Gonzalez, 32, hit a disappointing .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 534 plate appearances last season in Colorado.
The Rockies’ outfield is crowded as it is, so Gonzalez will likely have to split time with Gerardo Parra in right field. Charlie Blackmon has the starting job in center field and Ian Desmond has left field. The Rockies will also want to find space for Raimel Tapia and David Dahl.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.