UPDATE: The Orioles are also sending reliever Darren O'Day to Atlanta. In return they are getting catcher Brett Cumberland, righty Evan Phillips, lefty Bruce Zimmerman and infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion. It’s a big haul in volume at the very least. O’Day, for what it’s worth, is on the disabled list and is unlikely to pitch for the rest of the season. He is under contract for 2019, however.
As for the prospects, only Cumberland was a consensus top-20 Braves prospect entering season, and he wasn’t high on that list. The others are mostly organizational guys.
3:28 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Baltimore Orioles have a deal in place to send pitcher Kevin Gausman to the Atlanta Braves.
Gausman is 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 104/32 in 124 innings across 21 starts. At times he’s shown flashes of brilliance, but he has been uneven on the whole in his six-year career. He’s rather homer happy, though he does limit the damage on those dingers by being stingy when it comes to walks.
The Braves had been in talks to acquire Chris Archer from the Rays but, with Archer apparently heading to Pittsburgh, Gausman served as the backup plan to bolster the rotation in Atlanta’s fight for the NL East.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.