The Phillies are thought to be front runners for Yasmany Tomas


Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas was declared a free agent a few weeks ago and there has been no shortage of interest in him. The Padres have worked him out twice and many other teams such as the Tigers, Giants and Rangers are said to be in the mix. But Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that “people involved in the process” say that the Phillies are “strong contenders.”

They should at least be trying to. With the minor league cupboard mostly bare of quality bats, Tomas would be a big, necessary get for Philly. Of course to get him they’ll really need to pony up. It is speculated that he’ll command around $100 million. Still, he’s only 23 and could help stabilize the Phillies’ outfield for some time.


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.