Spring training is in full swing but some players are still looking for work. Included in that group: Tim Lincecum, rehabbing free agent.
Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have been “very active” on Lincecum. That info coming from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman of Beverly Hills Sports Council, who says multiple people in the Padres’ front office, including GM A.J. Preller, have checked in on the former Cy Young Award winner.
Lincecum is obviously not the pitcher he once was. He has a 39-42 record with a 4.68 ERA, declining strikeout rates and climbing walk rates over the last four seasons and is coming off of hip surgery. At this point, no matter where he signs, he has a ticket with “extended spring training” written all over it with the hope of injuries or ineffectiveness from other pitchers if he’s going to see big league action this year.
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.