Nationals commit to paying minor-league players through September

Todd Dybas
NBC Sports Washington

The Nationals will pay their active minor-league players the full $400 a week stipend until September, NBC Sports Washington confirmed Tuesday.

Washington found itself in a PR storm about a month ago when it lowered the previously-agreed upon stipend by $100. Nationals major-league players, led by Sean Doolittle, decided they would fill the gap created by the organization.

But, the organization changed course two days later and decided to pay minor-leaguers the full stipend through the end of June. Now, they will distribute the stipend until Sept. 7, when the minor-league season would have ended.

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The minor-league season is among the sports activities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. The weekly $400 stipend was agreed to across the league in March. However, this did not remain as simple as paying the agreed-upon stipend.

Oakland decided to stop paying the stipend before its ownership changed course in June. And, Washington was among the teams that tried to reduce it.

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In the end, minor-league players are being paid this pittance.

KTVB in Boise was first to report the Nationals will pay through September.

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