The Mariners are going to shop Michael Saunders. They’re going to shop him hard.

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Hey, it was Crasnick who said that, not me:

Saunders relationship with the M’s has deteriorated pretty badly. After the season was over, GM Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon made the media rounds criticizing him for his conditioning and suggesting his extensive injury history is a result of shortfalls in this department. Saunders and his agent fired back. It was just not a great scene.

Saunders has value, of course. Despite multiple trips to the DL he hit 273/.341/.450 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 263 plate appearances. He’s team-controlled for two more seasons too. If the M’s want to shop him, there should be takers.

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.