Veteran utility infielder Ramon Santiago has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.
Santiago spent last season with the Reds, hitting .246 with a .667 OPS in 75 games, and was previously the Tigers’ utility man (and occasional regular) for most of the past decade.
At age 35 he’s strictly a bench player and may have to prove that he still has enough range to cover shortstop defensively to snag a job. He’ll compete for a roster spot on a spring training invite.
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.