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Starlin Castro asks the Marlins to trade him

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Starlin Castro has requested a trade from the Marlins. The reasoning is not surprising: he doesn’t want to be on a rebuilding team like the Marlins, which is likely to continue to jettison what remaining veterans they have, such as Christian Yellich.

When he was traded from the Yankees to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton deal many assumed Castro would himself be flipped. There has been little chatter on that front thus far, however.

Castro will make $10.875 million in 2018, $11.857 million in 2019 and has a $16 million club option for 2020. He hit .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs in 2017, missing some time due to a nagging hamstring injury. He could help a lot of teams — the Mets were reportedly interested in him earlier this offseason — but at the moment there is no suggestion the Marlins are willing or able to deal him. His demands notwithstanding.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.