Orioles want to re-sign Nick Hundley after declining club option

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The Orioles declined their $5 million club option on catcher Nick Hundley on Thursday, but they are still interested in bringing him back, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. They didn’t like the $5 million price tag for a back-up catcher, so they’ll work to re-sign Hundley at a lower price.

In the event the Orioles and Hundley can’t reach an agreement, they will still have Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger as options to back up Matt Wieters in 2015.

The Orioles acquired Hundley in a May trade, sending reliever Troy Patton to the Padres in return. In 174 plate appearances with the O’s, Hundley hit .233/.273/.352 with five home runs and 19 RBI.

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.