Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Reds starter Matt Harvey has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team.
The Reds no doubt hoped that he’d make it through unclaimed so they could negotiate with multiple teams for Harvey, but now there’s a 48-hour window in which they must either make a deal with the claiming team, let him go to the claiming team for nothing or pull him back off of waivers. Not that there’s any benefit there either, as Harvey is a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds cannot — nor would they, honestly — give him a qualifying offer.
Harvey has not been an ace or anything, but he has rebounded considerably since being traded by the Mets to the Reds back in May. At the moment he’s posting a decent 4.28 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 69/21 in 90.1 innings since the Reds acquired him.
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.