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Carlos González is a free agent again

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After being designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday, outfielder Carlos González on Wednesday elected to become a free agent, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

González, 33, was released in late May after a disappointing two months with the Indians and latched on with the Cubs not long thereafter. His fortunes didn’t improve much. He mustered a .558 OPS with the Tribe across 30 games and a meager .606 OPS in 15 games with the Cubs.

A three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, González’s best days are behind him, sadly. Still, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get another shot with a different team looking for a cheap bench bat.

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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.