Brewers acquire Adam Lind from Blue Jays for Marco Estrada

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UPDATE: The deal is now official.

2 p.m. ET: Andrew Walker of 590 The Fan in Toronto reports that the Blue Jays will receive right-hander Marco Estrada from the Brewers. The 31-year-old posted a 4.36 ERA over 18 starts and 21 relief appearances this past season while his 29 homers allowed were the most in the National League. Rogers Centre isn’t exactly the best place to hide his warts, but he could start or pitch in a swingman role.

1:52 p.m. ET: We learned earlier today that the Blue Jays exercised Adam Lind’s $7.5 million option for 2015, but it sounds like he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Brewers have acquired first Adam Lind from the Blue Jays. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca previously reported that a deal was close. No word yet on what Toronto will receive in return.

First base has been an area of need for Milwaukee for a while, so Lind is a solid fit as a left-handed bat, even though he’s not great with the glove and will likely need a platoon partner against lefties. The 31-year-old batted .321/.381/.479 with six home runs and 40 RBI over 96 games this season and his contract still includes an affordable $8 million club option for 2016. Brewers first baseman were last in the National League in batting average (.207), on-base percentage (.287), and slugging percentage (.356) this past season.

The Blue Jays claimed Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners earlier this week and figure to keep him as a low-cost replacement for Lind.

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.