The Pirates have traded outfielder Corey Dickerson to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dickerson has been on fire of late, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and five RBI in last night’s game against the Reds. He’s hit .464 with five extra-base hits in his last nine games and, on the season, he’s batting .317/.376/.556 with 25 RBI and 20 runs in 126 at-bats this season. He’s been pretty fantastic since the Pirates got him last year, though he is rather injury prone.
The Pirates are getting a player to be named later and international bonus money in return.
In the meantime, we can maybe dream about a cool thing happening tonight:
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.