Report: Marlins close to signing Miguel Tejada

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Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Marlins are close to signing Miguel Tejada to a minor-league contract.

Tejada spent last season in a part-time role with the Royals, hitting .288 with three homers and a .695 OPS in 167 plate appearances spread over 53 games. He was placed on the disabled list in August with a calf injury and then shortly after that received a 105-game suspension for repeated amphetamine usage. Another positive test would lead to a lifetime ban.

All of which makes the Marlins signing him an odd move. Tejada is 40 years old, hasn’t posted an OPS above .700 since 2009, and can no longer handle shortstop defensively. They must really want the former MVP around in a possible utility role.

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.