After the death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez, the MLB and the Miami Marlins agreed to a settlement of $700,000.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the money was put in a trust for Fernandez’s mother and 3 month old daughter
“We told them the Marlins would put aside a substantial amount of money to pay for all of Penelope’s education from now until postgraduate and Maria (Fernandez’s girlfriend) would never need to worry about Penelope again from an education standpoint,” Marlins president David Samson told Jackson.
Jackson also said that the league has a policy to award a team $1 million in the case of a player’s death, but given the circumstances surrounding Fernandez’s death – the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission concluded that he had been driving the boat under the influence of alcohol and cocaine– the insurance company and league settled on $700,000.
Fernandez had $6.5 million in career earnings, but his estate is facing two negligence-and-wrongful lawsuits from relatives of Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, passengers in Fernandez’s boat who were killed that night.