Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Texas Rangers have acquired righty reliever Nate Jones, $1M in international slot money, and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Joe Jarneski and Ray Castro.
Jones is out for the season following May surgery to repair a flexor mass tear in his right forearm. He’s under contract this year for $1.5 million and has a $3.75M option for 2020 with a $1.25 million buyout. That seems a lot to pay for a reliever coming off of major surgery. Almost makes me wonder if the idea here isn’t to just pay the buyout, take some cash from the Sox and, effectively, launder the $1 million on Jones for some international cap money. I suppose weirder things have happened. I also suppose that the Rangers could very well imagine Jones — who was a very good reliever before his injury — will be fine next year and worth three and three quarter million.
Anyway, it’s a trade.
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’.