Yasmany Tomas worked out privately for the Red Sox

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The Red Sox’ interest in Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been reported as something between “meh” and “feh,” and originally they weren’t even going to hold a private workout for him. But they switched gears on the matter yesterday, and checked out the young man’s wares in the Dominican Republic:

Granted, that’s Tomas’ agent tweeting about balls being punished. He may be a bit biased on the matter.

The Sox have a lot of decisions to make regarding their outfield at the moment and it doesn’t seem like Tomas would fit there. They have Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley, Jr. Mookie Betts is an infielder but played mostly in the outfield after being called up. Shane Victorino is under contract for another year. Allen Craig is hanging around for the next few years, most likely.

As Rob Bradford of WEEI tweets, this may have been more of a workout of convenience than anything else. Tomas as there, the Sox had a field open and the agent is trying to make it look like it’s a bigger deal than it is.

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.