Todd Frazier on Kyle Seager’s seven-year, $100 million extension: “I’m aware of it, of course”

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Earlier this month, Seattle bought out all three of Kyle Seager’s arbitration seasons and four seasons of free agency with a seven-year, $100 million extension. Todd Frazier plays the same position as Seager, is only one year older than Seager, and had very similar numbers to Seager in 2014 …

Seager: .268/.334/.454, 25 HR, 96 RBI, 159 games
Frazier: .273/.336/.459, 29 HR, 80 RBI, 157 games

Frazier is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, as Seager would have been. So you can imagine that the 28-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey is seeing dollar signs:

“I’m aware of it, of course,” Frazier said when asked about Seager’s deal. “Right now, I’m just worried about Redsfest. I’ve seen it. It’s pretty cool. I’m aware of it. I’m just trying to help out the Reds and the community. That’s all I can do, right now.”

The Reds, who signed Joey Votto to a $250 million contract extension in April 2012 and Brandon Phillips to a six-year, $72.5 million deal a few days later, will probably have to go year-to-year with Frazier for now.

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.