Update (12:11 PM EST): The Dodgers are expected to receive left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Mariners, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are trading catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Mariners. It’s not yet known what the Dodgers will receive in return, but it could mean that the Mariners are paying the $4.5 million on the catcher’s club option for the 2017 season.
Ruiz, 37, hit .264/.365/.348 in 233 plate appearances between the Phillies and Dodgers. He lost his starting role with the Phillies to Cameron Rupp, then served as the backup to Yasmani Grandal with the Dodgers.
Chris Iannetta played in a majority of the Mariners’ games behind the plate, but he’s a free agent. Ruiz will likely be second-string behind Mike Zunino. While Ruiz doesn’t hit for much power these days, he has excellent plate discpline and is well-regarded for his ability to work with a pitching staff.
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.