A federal judge in Northern California (the Hon. Joseph Spero) just ruled that minor league baseball players are employees (not trainees) and therefore must be paid throughout the year. Major League Baseball is considered a joint employer along with teams.
Fernando Tatis Jr. has had his wrist surgery now. Chris Sale has a boo boo and won’t be able to play for the indefinite future. He’s an employee but not required to do anything while injured and he’s fine with that; or else he’s not depending on how you interpret this quote.
The Phillies signed Kyle Schwarber to a four year contract worth nearly $80 Million.
Seiya Suzuki got $85 Million for five years with the Cubs. He also got a full no trade clause. Watch out for those brick walls out there! Team President Jed Hoyer says COVID-19 vaccinations status is not a factor on the Cubs decisions about which free agents to sign. We already knew that. Exhibit A: Andrelton Simmons. These are employees not required to be vaccinated unless the MLBPA says it is OK. The Cubs also signed free agent left hander Steven Brault. They just got David Robertson as well.
You can all allegedly stop kidding yourselves that the Angels will trade for Luis Castillo.
Arizona’s Diamondbacks signed reliever Ian Kennedy to a one year deal with a mutual option for 2023.
Greg Holland signed with the Texas Rangers.
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Aaron Loup was really good last year. Of course, now he’s with the Angels so we’ll see if he stays good. Perry Minasian may be open to a couple more bullpen pieces but otherwise is done building this team for this year. The Angels signed Matt Duffy to a one year deal but put Griffin Canning on the 60 day IL. Maybe we should designate an unofficial Cathartic Scream Night.
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