Tim Lincecum held his long-awaited showcase last week and is, presumably, negotiating with various clubs at the moment. Some have suspected that he’ll want to stay on the west coast and many thought that his hometown teams, the Seattle Mariners, would be a potential destination for him as well.
The former is still possible, but the latter has been ruled out, it seems. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Mariners are not in the mix for Lincecum.
Lincecum reportedly wants to start, and it would seem that neither of those are an option for him in that regard. There is reportedly interest from the Giants, but only as a reliever, despite the fact that the back end of their rotation is a mess. The Angels just acquired Jhoulys Chacin, but they could probably still use a starter. Possibly the Dodgers as well, though they have a few pitchers expected to come off the disabled list in the coming weeks, so it’s hard to say how interested they’d be.
But San Diego and Seattle seem to be out.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.