The Red Sox activate catcher Blake Swihart, DFA Sandy Leon

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The Red Sox designated catcher Sandy Leon for assignment today and activated catcher Blake Swihart.

John Farrell said he’s looking for more offense from his catchers, so Leon — who has hit abysmally — has been DFA’d in favor of Blake Swihart. Swihart hasn’t hit well in the majors this season but he did hit better than Leon. At Pawtucket Swihart has hit .311/.363/.351.

Before this season Swihart, considered one of the top if not the top catching prospect in the game, had only played 18 games above Double-A.

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.