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Athletics exercise option on Fernando Rodney


The Athletics announced on Wednesday that the club exercised the 2019 club option worth $5.25 million on reliever Fernando Rodney. The base was $4.25 million but he earned an additional $1 million via incentives.

Rodney, 41, split his season between the Twins and Athletics, posting an aggregate 3.36 ERA with 25 saves and a 70/32 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. Rodney will return to the Athletics’ bullpen, helping set up closer Blake Treinen.

Rodney turns 42 years old in March, but he has shown he can still effectively handle major league hitters.

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.