Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Braves are pushing hard to trade catcher Evan Gattis.
Makes a ton of sense given his defensive limitations and the fact that the Braves have Christian Bethancourt ready to play behind the plate. Bethancourt is clearly the superior defensive catcher, he’s younger and, while the bat isn’t there yet, he has promise. Gattis’ power is incredible but as a catcher he makes a pretty good DH, which the Braves cannot use. They tried Gattis in left field once. That was horrible. He really can’t play elsewhere.
Gattis would feature well on an AL team who could use him as DH and occasional catcher. What the Braves can get for him will be John Hart’s true first test as the head of the Braves baseball operations.
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.