Dodgers sign Brandon Beachy


UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $2.75 million guaranteed.

12:35 p.m. ET: According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have signed right-hander Brandon Beachy to a one-year, major league contract with a club option for 2016. No word yet on the exact terms involved.

Beachy has made just five appearances at the major league level since June of 2012 and is currently working his way back from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He’s likely to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues his rehab, but the Dodgers believe that he could be a factor at some point later this year and beyond. Rosenthal notes that one of the reasons Beachy was attracted to the Dodgers is because his surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache is based in Los Angeles.

Beachy won’t be 29 until September and owns a 3.23 ERA across 46 starts in the majors, so it’s easy to see why the Dodgers were willing to take a chance on him. They can afford to throw money at situations like this, like we saw earlier this winter with Brett Anderson.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.