White Sox agree to a multi-year contract extension with prospect Luis Robert

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox and outfield prospect Luis Robert have reached agreement on a six-year, $50 million contract extension with two $20 million club options.

UPDATE: Nightengale has the specific details:

Robert, 22, is one of the top prospects in the game. He hit a combined .328/.376/.624 with 32 home runs, 92 RBI, 36 stolen bases, and 108 runs scored in 122 games between High-A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham, and Triple-A Charlotte. He’s a five-tool guy who projects to be a star.

One has to assume that, by virtue of this deal, the Sox will not go through the motions of saying Robert needs more seasoning in the minors while, in reality, working to manipulate his service time. One can even more safely assume that, if Robert fulfills even a portion of his potential, that he will be a bargain for the White Sox for as many as the next eight years. Such is the leverage a club has over a player at the stage of his career in which Robert currently finds himself.

The business side of this aside, between this and the signings of Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel and the re-signing of José Abreu, the White Sox have had a busy offseason. With those additions, and with the continued maturation of their young core, they will be a pretty popular pick to make a big move up the standings once the 2020 season starts.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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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.