Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was claimed on revocable waivers by an unknown team, but the team has no plans to trade him, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Padres drew some interest in Kimbrel leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but ultimately decided to keep the flamethrowing right-hander.
Kimbrel, 27, is earning $9 million this season, the second year of a four-year, $42 million extension he signed with the Braves in February 2014. The Braves sent him to San Diego in April along with Melvin Upton in exchange for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck, and the 2015 competitive balance round A pick.
Kimbrel is 36-for-38 in save situations this season with a 2.88 ERA and a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 50 innings.
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.