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.
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.
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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Nationals commit to paying minor-league players through September originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington