Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jays have traded outfielder Anthony Gose to the Tigers for second base prospect Devon Travis.
Gose is a .234/.301/.332 career hitter in 616 major league plate appearances and Travis was recently rated by Baseball America as the Tigers’ No. 1 prospect, so the swap looks a bit lopsided on paper. Gose bats left-handed and will presumably serve in a center field platoon next season in Detroit with the right-handed-hitting Rajai Davis. Toronto can fully commit to center field prospect Dalton Pompey.
Travis, 23, batted .298/.358/.460 with 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 441 plate appearances this past season at Double-A Erie. He is likely to debut at second base for the Blue Jays at some point in 2015.
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.