Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman remains out of the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Mets as he is still bothered by a sore wrist. He acknowledged yesterday he might miss the whole series against the Mets. He last played on June 17 against the Red Sox, but exited in the seventh inning.
Freeman, 25, has been by far the Braves’ most productive hitter this season, batting .299/.367/.520 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. In terms of OPS, the Braves’ second- and third-best hitters are Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson with a .765 OPS, 122 points lower. One might argue that the Braves will miss Freeman a lot while he’s out.
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.