Kevin Mulvey is back with the Mets on a minor league contract

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Kevin Mulvey’s career has officially come full circle, as the Mets announced this morning that he has returned to the club on a minor league deal.

Mulvey, who turns 27 in May, was a second-round pick of the Mets back in 2006 and was later dealt to the Twins along with Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber and Deolis Guerra in the Johan Santana trade. However, he’s more famous for his inclusion in that deal that anything he’s done in the major leagues.

Mulvey made just two appearances with the Twins in 2009 before being traded to the Diamondbacks for current Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch. He had a 6.92 ERA over eight appearances (four starts) with the D-Backs from 2009-2010 and posted an ugly 6.64 ERA over 19 starts with the club’s Triple-A affiliate last year.

The Mets are hurting for rotation depth at the moment, as I mentioned earlier this morning, but Mulvey is at the point in his career where he’ll function strictly as organizational depth. If for some reason he makes a start at the major league level this season, chances are something went very wrong.

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.