UPDATE: The A’s and Indians could agree to a Brandon Moss trade as soon as Friday


UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that there should be a resolution between the A’s and Indians “one way or the other” on Friday.

As for a possible return for Oakland, they reportedly like prospect second baseman Joey Wendle. The 24-year-old batted .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 50 RBI over 87 games this past season in Double-A.

7:01 p.m. ET: John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported last night that the Athletics were talking to the Indians about a Brandon Moss deal. Here’s the latest on the situation, courtesy of Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Athletics have already traded Josh Donaldson and it’s beginning to sound like a foregone conclusion that Moss will follow him out the door, whether it’s through a deal with the Indians or not. The 31-year-old is projected to make around $7 million via the arbitration process next season.

Acquiring Moss could spell the end of Swisher’s time in Cleveland, but finding a match might not be easy. The 34-year-old is coming off surgery on both knees and is owed $15 million in each of the next two seasons, so the Indians would likely have to eat a chunk of the contract in order to get a deal done.

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.