Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Gomes’ deal is a record for a catcher not yet eligible for arbitration.
Gomes split time behind the plate last year with Carlos Santana. Santana, however, has moved to third base so Gomes should get a vast majority of the playing time as the Indians’ catcher. Gomes finished the 2013 season with an .826 OPS. According to weighted on-base average (wOBA) from FanGraphs, Gomes was the fifth-best hitting catcher in baseball, minimum 300 plate appearances. At .359, he trailed Joe Mauer, Santana, Yadier Molina, and Jason Castro. He ranked just ahead of Buster Posey.
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.