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Report: Padres sign Garrett Richards to two-year deal

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have signed pitcher Garrett Richards. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for two years and around $15 million in total.

Richards, 30, underwent Tommy John surgery in July and will miss at least a large chunk of the 2019 season. Over the course of his eight-year career spent entirely with the Angels, Richards owns a 3.54 ERA with 645 strikeouts and 268 walks in 744 2/3 innings.

This is obviously a speculative deal on the Padres’ part, hoping he can be a big contributor in the 2020 season when he will be 32 years old.

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.