Corey Hart took Taijuan Walker’s uniform number

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This is amusing considering the rumors about Seattle possibly trading top pitching prospct Taijuan Walker in a deal for David Price.

Today the Mariners introduced Corey Hart and Logan Morrison as official signings and Hart was given jersey No. 27, which is the number Walker wore during his debut this year.

MLB.com reporter Greg Johns quickly tweeted out this:

And then 15 minutes later Walker himself tweeted this:

You know, just a little late Friday drama on Twitter.

UPDATE: Walker deleted his tweet in a hurry, but it existed.

UPDATE #2: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times asked Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik about the numbers-related tweets and “after a good chuckle” he replied “we are not trading Taijuan.”

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.