UPDATE: Jeff Passan reports that the deal is done. Moss has been traded from the A’s to the Indians for infielder Joe Wendle. Who turns 25 in April, has never been above Double-A and is already a 2B/DH, which doesn’t bode well for his long term chances, but there you go.
12:21 PM: It was big talk for a few days, then sort of died, but Buster Olney says that a trade between the Indians and the A’s involving Brandon Moss is “on the verge: of going down.
The A’s are reportedly targeting a young middle infielder in the deal, and if the Indians get Moss, you have to figure that Nick Swisher’s days in Cleveland are over.
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.