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Stephen Vogt signs a deal with the Brewers avoiding arbitration

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Jerry Crasnik of ESPN reports that Stephen Vogt has agreed to a $3.065 million deal with the Brewers to avoid salary arbitration. Vogt, who was acquired from the A’s in June, was a potential non-tender candidate before this evening’s non-tender deadline.

Vogt hit .233/.285/.423 with 12 homers and 40 RBI for the entire 2017 season, though his numbers improved after coming over to Milwaukee, particularly in the slugging department.

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.