Take a trip down memory lane with the list of minor league free agents

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Matt Eddy of Baseball America put together a comprehensive list of 549 players who became minor league free agents and, as you might expect, there are a whole bunch of interesting, blast-from-the-past names.

I recommend reading through the entire list, which is separated by team and good for all sorts of amusement, but here some of my favorites:

Lew Ford
Brandon Wood
Brett Tomko
Felix Pie
Joel Pineiro
Josh Barfield
Andy LaRoche
Rodrigo Lopez
Conor Jackson
Corey Patterson
C.J. Nitkowski
Adam Loewen
Manny Delcarmen
Merkin Valdez
Kila Ka’aihue
Scott Elarton
Jeff Clement
Dallas McPherson
Ryan Garko
Aaron Heilman
Ryan Spilborghs
Jack Cust
Mike MacDougal

If you had the players listed above and took a time machine back to like 2005 … well, you wouldn’t actually have a good team, but you could definitely trade them for the players needed to have a great team.

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.