Oliver Perez (yes, that Oliver Perez) pitching well for Seattle

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Mets fans aren’t going to like this very much, but after years of being a horrible pitcher and one season of not even playing in the majors Oliver Perez is thriving as reliever for the Mariners.

Perez, who despite seemingly being around forever is still just 30 years old, tossed two scoreless innings last night against the Orioles to give him a 2.08 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio in 17 innings for the Mariners.

Perez had a 6.81 ERA and more walks (100) than strikeouts (99) in 112 innings during his final two seasons with the Mets and what makes his success with the Mariners even more remarkable is that he didn’t even pitch particularly well at Triple-A before being called up.

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.