The Mariners inked minor league infielder Dylan Moore to a major-league deal on Friday, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Terms of the contract have not yet been released, nor has the team officially confirmed the signing.
Moore, 26, split his 2018 campaign between the Brewers’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, for whom he batted a cumulative .299/.363/.522 with 14 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 454 PA. It’s a huge step up from the Mendoza Line-stats he produced with Atlanta in 2017 and presumably enough for the Mariners to stake a big league contract on, too, despite the fact that the infielder has yet to reach the majors.
Per Rosenthal, Moore may be called on to fill a utility role in Seattle. While he has enough experience to provide depth at any infield or outfield post, the bulk of his playing time has come at second base and short — where, pending further moves this offseason, he could conceivably back up Robinson Cano and Jean Segura (and possibly Dee Gordon) in 2019. He also handled a career-high 54 games at the hot corner last season and may reprise his role on one of Kyle Seager‘s rare off days.
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’.