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Report: Nationals sign Mark Reynolds

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The Nationals have signed first baseman Mark Reynolds, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. It’s a minor league deal, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.

Reynolds, 34, went unsigned through the offseason and spring training as he was holding out for a major league deal. He spent last season with the Rockies, hitting .267/.352/.487 with 30 home runs and 97 RBI in 593 plate appearances. The numbers were flashy but he had significant home/road OPS of .978/.703, respectively.

The Nationals are spoken for at first base with Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams behind him, so it seems like Reynolds will serve as organizational depth for now.

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.