Rockies beat Wilin Rosario in arbitration hearing

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First the Rockies moved him out from behind the plate, taking away the starting catching job, and now they’ve defeated Wilin Rosario in an arbitration hearing.

That means Rosario will earn $2.8 million this season rather than his $3.3 million request.

Rosario hit .267 with 13 homers and a .739 OPS in 106 games last season after posting a combined .820 OPS during the previous two years. He also threw out just 16 percent of steal attempts and led the league with 12 passed balls in 824 innings at catcher.

He may catch some this season, but expect to see Rosario some at first base and possibly other positions as well. And presumably the Rockies would love to trade him.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.