The Padres have talked to the Phillies about Cole Hamels

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On Friday I just assumed that the Phillies would engage the Padres in talks about trading Cole Hamels. What with San Diego acquiring every player who isn’t nailed down, their ability to do that without yet giving up their top prospects in a trade, the Phillies’ desire to move Hamels and, finally, because Hamels is from San Diego and his no-trade list does not include the Padres.

It has apparently gone from mere speculation to actual talk: Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding their ace lefty. Any deal would likely revolve around a position player prospect, as the Phillies have very few of those. Lawrence suggests that the newly-acquired Wil Myers could fit the bill. Yes, the Padres just got him, but they have a glut of outfielders at the moment and Myers is not a likely candidate to be a good center fielder, even if the Padres are suggesting he might be. Flipping him and something else for Hamels makes sense for everyone.

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.