Wandy Rodriguez is starting for the Rangers tonight


Wandy Rodriguez was a Phillie. Then, after a failed physical, he wasn’t. Then he was a Brave, and had sewn up a spot in their starting rotation towards the end of spring training. Then he didn’t, and was released when the Braves traded for Trevor Cahill.

The Rangers signed him to a minor league deal earlier this month. He’ll start tonight against the Angels, and we can say that with more certainty than any of the other recent Rodriguez news. The Rangers designated Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett for assignment to make room for Rodriguez on the 25-man roster.

Rodriguez, 36, allowed two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out 10 in seven innings across two starts with Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll be opposed by Angels starter Garrett Richards.

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.