Last week reports had the Mets active looking to deal Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, and/or Jon Niese, but now Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says they’re “aggressively shopping” Gee and are looking to deal him “more than the other starters.”
Which makes some sense, because Colon likely won’t bring back much in return and may require the Mets eating some salary, and Niese is under team control through 2018.
Gee, meanwhile, is under team control for two more seasons and projected to earn around $5 million for 2015 via arbitration. They may be able to actually get something decent in return for him and save some money to spend elsewhere.
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.