Rays place Jose Molina on release waivers

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The Rays have placed catcher Jose Molina on release waivers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Infielder Cole Figueroa was also placed on release waivers.

Molina, 39, was designated for assignment on Thursday. If Molina clears release waivers by Wednesday, he will have been officially released by the Rays. He is still owed $2.75 million. The catcher had a miserable year at the plate in 2014, finishing with a .178/.230/.187 triple-slash line with no home runs and 10 RBI in 247 plate appearances.

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.