Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that outfielder Matt Kemp will take his physical for the Padres on Tuesday. He adds that the Padres and Dodgers have until Thursday to complete their trade.
The trade has been in limbo since early Thursday morning. The Dodgers are supposed to send Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz, and $32 million to the Padres while receiving catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Zach Eflin and Joe Wieland.
Due to the hold-up in the Kemp deal, the Jimmy Rollins trade with the Phillies has not yet been made official, either. The Phillies are reportedly receiving Eflin along with Tom Windle for their shortstop.
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.