Here is Adam Jones’ reaction to the Orioles letting Nick Markakis walk …
The Braves signed Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract on Tuesday night. It’s easy to understand why Jones would be upset about losing a friend and longtime teammate, but the O’s are probably better off avoiding that kind of commitment. Markakis has batted just .274/.335/.371 since the beginning of the 2013 season and while he was awarded a Gold Glove for 2014 his actual defensive metrics are not flattering.
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.