Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that reliever Mike Dunn has avoided arbitration with the Marlins. The two sides agreed on a two-year, $5.8 million deal, which buys out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility. Dunn will earn $2.35 million in 2015 and $3.45 million in 2016.
Dunn had filed for $2.6 million and the Marlins countered with $2.355 million. The average annual value of $2.9 million is slightly more than Dunn had asked for and about $500,000 above the midpoint of the two figures.
Dunn, 29, finished with a 3.16 ERA and a 67/22 K/BB ratio over 57 innings last season for the Marlins. The lefty has significantly reduced his walk rate in recent years while continuing to rank in the top-30 in strikeout rate among relief pitchers.
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.