Yoenis Cespedes joins Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

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Following in the footsteps of fellow MLB players Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and his teammate and countryman Rusney Castillo, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics in February of 2012. He has one year remaining on that deal, so he’s clearly preparing for what next offseason will bring. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Brodie Van Wagenen will serve as as the point-person in regard to a contract for Cespedes, so this is a similar arrangement to what we have seen with Cano and Castillo.

Cespedes, 29, batted .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI over 152 games this season between the Athletics and Red Sox. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote over the weekend that Boston could make him available in a trade as they attempt to address their current outfield logjam.

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.