Ryan Howard will earn 10-and-5 rights on Saturday

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Ryan Howard will officially earn 10-and-5 rights on Saturday, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports. He’ll have accrued 10 years of service time, the last five of which have come with the same team. As a result, he gains full no-trade rights, so if the Phillies want to trade him, he will have to give his permission first.

That’s important for obvious reasons, as the Phillies are in the midst of a rebuild. Howard, 35, won’t be part of the next competitive Phillies team, and the Phillies could use his spot at first base to see what Darin Ruf has to offer, or potentially move prospect Maikel Franco across the diamond from third base.

The Phillies are reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the $60 million remaining on Howard’s five-year, $125 million contract extension. Because of Howard’s age, injury history, and defensive limitations, his market is effectively cut in half as any acquiring team would almost certainly use him as a DH.

Howard, entering Friday’s game against the Marlins, was batting a paltry .194/.247/.417 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 78 plate appearances. He logged his 1,299th game at first base for the Phillies, breaking the previous record held by Fred Luderus, who played first base for the Phillies between 1910-20.

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.