Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals

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Yesterday when the Royals designated Johnny Giavotella for assignment I wrote that other teams figured to be interested in the 26-year-old second baseman considering his solid hitting in the minors.

Sure enough the Angels have acquired Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for right-hander Brian Broderick, who was signed to a minor-league deal last month and represents a marginal return.

Giavotella has struggled so far in the majors, but that amounts to fewer than 500 total plate appearances and he’s a career .315 hitter with as many walks as strikeouts in four seasons at Triple-A. He should get a look as Howie Kendrick’s replacement at second base.

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.