Twins prospect Miguel Sano was on the verge of the majors last spring when elbow problems led to Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for the entire season at age 21, but now he’s back and announced his return with a mammoth home run off Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole:
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Sano was a consensus top-10 prospect before elbow surgery and hit .280 with 35 homers and a .992 OPS in 123 games between Single-A and Double-A in 2013. He’ll begin this season in the minors, but there’s a good chance he’s in Minnesota to stay in the second half.
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.