11 years ago today the Yankees traded for Alex Rodriguez

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On this date 11 years ago the Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias.

At the time Rodriguez was 28 years old and the reigning American League MVP. He’s been with the Yankees ever since, hitting .291 with 309 homers and a .920 OPS in 1,293 games while winning two more MVP awards and one World Series title.

And as you might expect from a longtime Yankee who performed so well, both in terms of individual accomplishments and winning a championship–including hitting .365 with six homers and a 1.308 OPS during the 2009 title run–Rodriguez is universally beloved by all New Yorkers and embraced by team management.

Wait, no. Scratch that. The exact opposite. Happy anniversary!

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.