Jose Mijares arrives at Royals camp after passport delay

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Jose Mijares is finally in Royals camp following a week-long delay due to passport issues in Venezuela.

“I waited for my passport and the embassy didn’t send it to me for 10 days,” Mijares told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, who notes that the left-handed reliever won’t be too far behind other pitchers because he threw often during the offseason. And also because his job usually involves facing one or two batters per game.

This could be a make-or-break year for Mijares, who was so bad for the Twins last season that they surprisingly non-tendered him instead of paying him around $750,000 via arbitration. And then he got a raise anyway, signing a one-year, $925,000 deal with the Royals.

Mijares is 27 years old with a 3.16 career ERA in 154 innings, so if healthy he could be a big part of Kansas City’s bullpen.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.