The Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays are poised for a “bidding war” over David Price

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This sort of sounds like the kind of hyperbole you tend to hear at the trade deadline, but it also makes a ton of sense:

That is, if the Tigers wake up and realize that, yeah, the need to sell. Which you have to think they have given that they’re about to complete their third straight losing month in a row and now find themselves in fourth place.

How pitched a “war” can be for a rental is an open question — Price is a free agent after this year — but Johnny Cueto brought the Reds three solid pitching prospects, so you have to think that’s where it starts.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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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.