Brett Butler could replace Mike Redmond as Marlins’ manager


Update: The Marlins appear to be going with Jeff Conine, per the latest report.

Marlins third base coach Brett Butler is a candidate to become the Marlins’ next manager, at least on an interim basis,’s Joe Frisaro suggests. Frisaro adds that he would be surprised if the decision hasn’t already been made, though the Marlins won’t make an announcement until Monday.

The Marlins fired Mike Redmond as the team’s manager after Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Braves in which they were one out away from being no-hit by Shelby Miller. Redmond had been on the hot seat for quite a while as the Marlins got out to a 3-11 start before rattling off nine wins in 10 games. They’re currently 16-22, six games behind the first-place Mets.

Butler’s managerial experience has come entirely at the minor league level in the Diamondbacks’ organization. He led the Single-A Lancaster Jethawks in 2006, the Double-A Mobile BayBears in 2007, and the Triple-A Reno Aces from 2009-13.

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.