On the day that the Braves are meeting with Jon Lester, they are being connected with another guy that, frankly, it seems like a stretch to think they’ll sign: Yasmany Tomas. For whom Jon Heyman says the Braves are a “dark horse.”
They have room for him, of course, given the Jason Heyward trade and the rumors surrounding the team shopping Justin Upton and/or Evan Gattis. And while the expense he represents — he could get $100 million — seems way out of the Braves’ price range based on their recent habits and comments, he would be team controlled for a good while and that’s something the team has valued.
There are probably a half dozen teams, maybe more, who are serious about the power-hitting outfielder. The Braves aren’t one you would’ve expected, but if Heyman is to be believed, there they are
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.