The Trade Deadline in the Social Media Age: Rajai Davis just followed a bunch of Cardinals people

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In the past couple of years, the fun harbinger of trades is to watch players hug their teammates in the dugout during games. That’s a sure sign that they were just informed they were traded and they’re about to leave. We saw this last week with Scott Kazmir. It’s come to be called the “Hug Watch” on Twitter.

Here’s a new angle to it. As many, including our Drew Silva noted a few minutes ago, Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis just followed a crap-ton of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter, including reporters and players. His most recent follows include the MLB.com reporter for the Cardinals, the Fox Sports Midwest people, Randall Grichuk, and a zillion other Cards players, some current, some former.

So: is the “scoop” on an alleged Rajai Davis trade his follow list, or is Davis just bored today and pulling everyone’s leg? Part of me hopes it’s the latter because that’d be pretty hilarious and subversive. Part of me hopes it’s the former because it further shows the inanity of caring about the “scoop” these days.

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.