Report: Pirates interested in bringing back Travis Snider

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Pirates GM Neal Huntington confirmed in an appearance on 93.7 The Fan that the team is interested in bringing back outfielder Travis Snider, as Dan Zangrilli reports. Snider was released by the Orioles on Saturday.

Snider, 27, hit a mediocre .237/.318/.341 with three home runs and 20 RBI with the Orioles, despite facing right-handed pitching in 83.5 percent of his 236 plate appearances.

The Pirates acquired Snider from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in 2012. They traded him to the Orioles in January this year. He appeared to figure things out last year, batting .264/.338/.438 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 359 plate appearances, but he was unable to replicate it in 2015.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.