By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff
Finally, some positive news in the baseball world.
Former Red Sox pitcher David Price, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Mookie Betts, has pledged to give $1,000 to each minor leaguer in the Dodgers system for the month of June. Per baseball writer Francys Romero, Price’s donation doesn’t include the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
The Dodgers currently have five minor league affiliates with over 100 players, according to current official rosters. The Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, Double-A Tulsa Drillers, and Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are among the teams to benefit.
Price’s gesture provides a stark contrast to the negotiations between MLB owners and the players association, which have stalled the potential start of the 2020 season. Players were recently proposed a sliding pay scale that would mean larger pay cuts for the highest-paid players, which received some public pushback.
The owners previously proposed a plan to players that would have started the 2020 season around the Fourth of July. The status of the season as a whole remains up in the air as of Friday.
Boston traded Price to Los Angeles on Feb. 4, along with outfielder Mookie Betts. Six days later, the teams agreed to an amended trade after medical concerns arose with a prospect included in the original deal. The Red Sox shed half of Price’s salary and brought back outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop Jeter Downs, and catcher Connor Wong.