The Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Norris . . . has not had a good go of it in recent years. He posted an ERA of 5.10 last season in 19 starts and 16 relief appearances for the Braves and Dodgers last year. In 2015 he posted a 6.72 ERA with the Orioles and Padres. I suppose if you win 15 games in the bigs like Norris did in 2014 you’re gonna continue to get looks even after it appears you’re toast, however.
The Angels have been hurting for healthy pitching for some time, but one questions if they’ve been hurting this much. Still, it’s a minor league deal and those don’t cost a thing. Someone’s gotta throw the split squad game on the road when the Angels play the Rangers in Surprise.
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.