Pitcher Andrew Cashner, acquired from the Orioles in mid-July to bolster the starting rotation, has been moved to the bullpen, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Cashner, 32, was quite good in Baltimore, posting a 3.83 ERA over 17 starts. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, the success didn’t travel with him to Beantown. Over six starts in a Red Sox uniform, the right-hander yielded 29 runs (27 earned) on 41 hits and 17 walks with 21 strikeouts across 30 1/3 innings.
Abraham notes that the similarly struggling Rick Porcello will remain in the rotation. Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, has a 5.67 ERA in 133 1/3 innings this season.
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’.