Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment and recalled Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk.
Snider, 27, wasn’t finding much success at the plate, batting .237/.318/.341 with three home runs and 20 RBI. The once top prospect is now a veteran of eight seasons but has struggled to consistently hit at the major league level.
Lake, 25, was acquired from the Cubs in the Tommy Hunter trade at the deadline. He hit .333 in 16 plate appearances at Norfolk. He has a career .663 OPS across 642 career major league plate appearances.
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.