As announced by John Blake, the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications …
Darvish will miss the entire 2015 season and probably the first month of the 2016 season. He spent the final six weeks of the 2014 campaign on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and then left his Cactus League debut this spring after suffering a sprained elbow ligament. The 28-year-old right-hander is due $10 million from the Rangers this season, another $10 million in 2016, and then $11 million in 2017.
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.