Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Rockies have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with outfielder Roger Bernadina.
Bernadina batted just .167 with a .561 OPS in 80 plate appearances this past season between the Reds and Dodgers, and he owns a weak .661 OPS for his career. The 30-year-old from Curacao probably won’t get much of a shot with the Rockies, who already have outfielders Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs, Brandon Barnes, and Kyle Parker on their 40-man roster.
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.