MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the White Sox will designate 1B/DH Yonder Alonso for assignment. The move will become official on Friday.
Alonso, 32, signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Indians in December 2017. The White Sox acquired him this past December. It was believed, in part, because then-free agent Manny Machado married Alonso’s sister Yainee. Many believed the White Sox were trying to entice Machado to the South Side of Chicago by bringing Alonso into the fold. Machado, of course, ended up signing with the Padres.
Alonso hit a very disappointing .178/.275/.301 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 251 plate appearances. He’s only two years separated from an All-Star campaign in 2017 and he was solid for the Indians last year. He should be able to catch on with another team in an attempt to prove his first half of 2019 was just a rough patch.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.