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Report: Cubs sign David Bote to contract extension through 2024

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Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed infielder David Bote to a contract extension that will run through the 2024 season and includes two club options for 2025-26. Per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the contract is for $15.003 million.

Bote, who turns 26 years old on Sunday, entered the season with just 100 days of service time. He is currently without a starting role for the Cubs, but has started the season well, batting .364 in 13 plate appearances.

Bote may be a superutilityman now, but he could potentially become a regular in the coming years. Ben Zobrist is set to hit free agency after the season, which would either open up second base for Bote or allow Javier Báez to move back to second base. The club may at some point cut ties with shortstop Addison Russell, who isn’t eligible to return until May 3 as he was suspended under MLB’s domestic violence policy.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.