At a time of uncertainty for minor-league players, David Price is stepping up.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher is pledging to donate $1,000 to all 220 minor-league players not on the team’s 40-man roster during the month of June, a team spokesman said Saturday. That equates .
They will continue to receive $400 a week from the team at least through June.
Price has yet to play a regular-season game for the Dodgers because the start of the season has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. He was acquired in a February trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The 34-year-old left-hander is on a $217 million, seven-year contract that runs through 2021. He was set to earn $32 million this season, with the Red Sox paying $16 millon of that. However, his pay will be determined by whether MLB and the players reach an agreement to play this season.
Price joins Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo who donated $1,000 to roughly 190 Rangers minor-leaguers back in April.
Major League Baseball announced in March that minor-league players would receive allowances of $400 per week from teams. As per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have committed to paying minor-league players through the end of June.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, hundreds of minor-league players were cut by MLB teams on Thursday. Passan adds that eight teams are expected to pay minor-league players through at least June, with the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners announcing they will pay players through the end of August. However, the Athletics will decline to pay their minor-leaguers beyond June 1.
— with files from the Associated Press