The Boston nRed Sox have signed catcher Kevin Plawecki to a one-year, $900,000 contract.
Plawecki, a career .218/.304/.322 hitter, was the backup backstop in Cleveland last season and, actually, didn’t hit as well as his career line. Still, he’s just the backup catcher. And the guy who was their backup catcher last year — Sandy Léon who, coincidentally, the Sox traded to the Indians last month, so the two of ’em are trading places even if they weren’t traded for each other — didn’t hit a lick either. Christian Vázquez’s is the starter, obviously.
The Bosox designated Sam Travis for assignment in a corresponding move.
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.