As of three weeks ago the Diamondbacks were saying $68.5 million Cuban rookie Yasmany Tomas looked good in the early stages of his transition to third base, but a funny thing tends to happen once outside observers actually get a look at players.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes:
Perhaps in the days and games ahead, he will look entirely capable of adequately handling the position. But on Wednesday Tomas looked like someone with work to do if he hopes to avoid being shifted to the outfield. … Tomas was rough around the edges. He bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique.
It’s very early, of course, but Tomas was primarily an outfielder in Cuba and plenty of people were surprised when the Diamondbacks announced he’d get an extended look at third base.
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.