At the end of his column for the San Francisco Chronicle, John Shea writes that if the Giants aren’t able to retain Pablo Sandoval — he’s leaning towards the Red Sox at the moment — the club is expected to join the bidding for free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas.
The Giants will be missing a fair amount of offense with Sandoval gone, as well Morse likely out of the picture as well. The two combined to hit 32 home runs with 134 RBI this past season. As a result, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants get serious about Tomas.
The Padres, at the moment, have the highest offer to Sandoval though details are not yet known. The Red Sox offered him $95 million over five years. Sandoval is expected to make a decision next week.
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.