Report: Pirates have interest in trading for Jeff Francoeur

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Update (9:52 PM EST): John Perrotto of USA TODAY adds that the Pirates also have interest in Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, but he would come at a higher cost.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates are interested in trading for Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur, as well as other potential bench and platoon bats.

Francoeur, 31, has had a bit of a resurgence with the Phillies after posting abysmal numbers between 2012-14. He has hit .249 with a meager .281 on-base percentage, but has slugged .414 with six home runs in 192 plate appearances. Baseball Reference credits him with an adjusted OPS of 91, which is only nine points below the league average. Comparatively, Matt Kemp has an adjusted OPS of 85.

Francoeur has hit lefties much better than their right-handed counterparts, with an OPS split of .800 and .547, respectively, so he would fit into a platoon situation. He is eligible for free agency after the season.

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.