MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jaime Garcia to a one-year, $8 million contract. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Garcia can also earn another $2 million through performance incentives.
Garcia, 31, spent last season with the Braves (18 starts), Twins (one start), and Yankees (eight starts). In total, he posted a 4.41 ERA with a 129/64 K/BB ratio across 157 innings.
This is a pretty low-risk signing for the Blue Jays. Garcia has been mostly durable for the last couple of seasons with acceptable production at the back of a rotation. With Garcia in tow, Joe Biagini is likely pushed back into the bullpen.
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.