Marlins sign Miguel Tejada

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Making official what was reported last week, the Marlins and Miguel Tejada have agreed to a minor-league contract.

Tejada is still serving a 105-game suspension for amphetamines–he earned it by testing positive three different times–so the 40-year-old former MVP will report to Single-A and wait to be cleared for game action.

He can no longer handle shortstop defensively and hasn’t been an above-average hitter since 2009, but the Marlins apparently feel it’s still worth looking past the suspension to have him around. Last season he hit .288 with three homers and a .695 OPS in 53 games as a part-time player for the Royals.

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.