According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets “have expressed interest” in Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr.
Rubin notes that the two teams have had talks regarding Jon Niese, but indicates that the Young discussions may be unrelated and quotes a source as saying that the Mets may be able to get him for second baseman Justin Turner.
Young has very little power and hasn’t hit in the majors yet, but the 27-year-old switch-hitter batted .309 with a .399 on-base percentage and 85 steals in 210 games at Triple-A. It’s unclear where he fits defensively long term, but if things break right for Young he profiles as a potential leadoff man with solid on-base skills and 50-steal speed.
Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in May of 2010, hit .260 with four homers and a .690 OPS in 117 games for the Mets while seeing action at second base and third base.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.