Tis the season for trades of guys who have seen better days. If you’re confused on how that works after the so-called “trade deadline” of July 31, go read this. Anyway: the Houston Astros acquired lefty reliever Oliver Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty Junior Garcia.
Perez is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 48 appearances this season and sports a K/BB ratio of 37/11 in 29 innings. He’s, quite obviously, a lefty specialist and he’s been a pretty decent one for the Diamondbacks. Garcia is only 19 and is serving his first season in the Gulf Coast League.
The Astros sport a one and a half game lead in the AL West, but the Angels are gonna be there the rest of the season, so any little bit helps.
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.