Mariners demote Abraham Almonte to Triple-A, to recall James Jones

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Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports that the Mariners have demoted outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma and plan to recall James Jones.

Almonte has been struggling mightily at the plate, carrying a .540 OPS into Sunday’s game against the Astros. He did not start Sunday, but did pinch-run and stole his third base in four attempts. Manager Lloyd McClendon told Almonte, “If you play well, you’ll be back.”

Jones, 25, was playing well for Tacoma, slashing .313/.382/.450 in 90 plate appearances.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.