Should the Royals trade Greg Holland?

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Former major leaguer and current FOX Sports contributor C.J. Nitkowski argues that the American League champion Royals should trade All-Star closer Greg Holland.

The Royals aren’t expected to expand their payroll much at all. Nitkowski points out that Holland will be entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility and should be expected to see a significant jump from his 2014 salary of $4.675 million. The Royals also have a bushel of other arbitration cases to deal with, including those of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain.

With Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Brandon Finnegan next in line, the Royals should be able to withstand the loss of Holland, Nitkowski suggestions, and they’ll be able to get a decent prospect or a major league-ready player.

Holland has been among the best closers in baseball, posting a 1.32 ERA with 93 saves and a 193/38 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings since the start of the 2013 season. He’ll turn 29 in November, but relievers are notoriously tough to predict on a year-in, year-out basis. The Royals certainly have a tough choice to make, as they don’t have a whole lot of room to work with given their middling payroll.

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.