Boston being in the market for outfield help would have seem far-fetched at the beginning of the season, but the Red Sox’s depth situation has changed and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles.
De Aza was designated for assignment by Baltimore last week after getting off to a poor start, but the Orioles liked him enough to give him $5 million for this season. He’s a 31-year-old career .265 hitter with a .728 OPS who can play all three outfield spots with plus speed and is more effective when spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.
De Aza is a very solid player in a part-time role and stretched as a regular. His presence also allows the Red Sox to avoid calling up younger players like Jackie Bradley Jr. for short-term help.
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.