Giants starter Tim Hudson said in February that he was “definitely leaning” toward retiring at the end of the 2015 season. Hudson still has that same feeling three months later in this latest report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Hudson, 40 in July, would like to spend more time with his family. But his wife Kim said she wouldn’t try to influence her husband’s decision, and Tim wouldn’t rule out pitching in 2016 if he’s still healthy and productive. He signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Giants in November 2013 and it expires after the season, which would make him a free agent.
Hudson has posted a 3.91 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and a 13/7 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings to begin the season. He’s scheduled to start next at home against the Angels on Saturday.
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.