Earlier today, the Giants placed starter Johnny Cueto back on the 10-day disabled list with more elbow issues. Cueto missed over two months earlier this season, between late April and early July, with a sprained right elbow. Per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, manager Bruce Bochy said there is a “strong possibility” Cueto will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Surgery would end Cueto’s 2018 season, of course, and would almost certainly keep him out for all of 2019 as well. Cueto is under contract through at least 2021, earning $21 million annually. The Giants have a $22 million club option for 2022 with a $5 million buyout.
Cueto, 32, posted a 3.23 ERA with a 38/13 K/BB ratio in 53 innings across nine starts this season.
Cueto’s injury could prompt the 53-54 Giants to commit to selling ahead of tomorrow’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline. The Yankees, Phillies, and Indians have expressed interest in outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Jon Morosi reports. McCutchen, Hunter Pence, Nick Hundley, Derek Holland, and Will Smith are among the players who could be moved.
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’.