Update (6:41 PM ET): Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees will receive $1.25 million in international bonus pool money from the Mariners. The trade is official.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Emily Waldon report that the Mariners have acquired reliever Adam Warren from the Yankees.
Warren, 30, has been excellent out of the Yankees’ bullpen this year, posting a 2.70 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 30 innings of work. The Yankees’ bullpen has been excellent, so Warren is expendable. Without knowing what the Yankees’ return is, it is possible that this trade could help facilitate another trade that allows the Yankees to upgrade elsewhere.
Warren is owed the remainder of his $3.315 million salary and is eligible for free agency after the season. The Mariners traded for Zach Duke earlier, so the two will add some veteranosity to the bullpen.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.