The Braves and A.J. Pierzynski reach a one-year deal; first reported in a ham store

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The Braves have reached a one year agreement with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who will likely serve as their backup catcher in 2015.

That’s not terribly surprising — Pierzynski has been a rumored Braves target for some time — but the manner in which the news broke today is all kinds of fun.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com was the first to confirm it. But he heard about it the same way I did. He heard it from Aaron Lunsford. Aaron is not a reporter. But his dad got the scoop:

In addition to me, Aaron also tweeted it at Bowman, David O’Brien and a bunch of other scoopsters. While I decided the best use of my time was to make jokes about ham rumors on Twitter, Bowman checked it out. In other news, I can confirm that the Gonzalez family will be eating ham on Christmas.

Pierzynski hit .251/.288/.337 in 102 games in Boston and St. Louis. He still has at least some cartilage left in his knees and owns a catcher’s mitt, however, which means that he is still employable as a backup catcher.

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.