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Tigers, Michael Fulmer agree on one-year, $2.8 million contract

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MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that the Tigers and starter Michael Fulmer have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.8 million for the 2020 season. It was Fulmer’s second of four years of arbitration eligibility.

Fulmer, 26, sat out the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He won’t start this upcoming season on time, but he is expected to make his return prior to the All-Star break.

Across parts of three seasons in the majors, Fulmer holds a 3.81 career ERA with 356 strikeouts and 128 walks over 456 innings of work.

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.