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Blue Jays release Troy Tulowitzki

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The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have released shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He’s now a free agent.

Tulowitzki, to whom the Jays still owe $38 million over the next two years ($20 million in 2019, $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout of his 2021 option), has seen his once fantastic career derailed by injuries. Specifically bone spurs, surgery for which caused him to miss the entire 2018 season and play in only 66 games in 2017. The Jays releasing him suggests that he’s still not fully healed or, at the very least, that they do not believe he’ll ever regain the form that inspired them to acquire him from the Rockies back in 2015 in the first place.

But what a form that was. In parts of ten seasons with the Rockies, Tulo put up a line of .299/.371/.513 with 188 homers. He won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger Awards in Colorado, making the All-Star team five times. That performance inspired the Rockies to sign him to a 10 year, $157.75 million contract extension following the 2010 season. Once he came to the Jays, however, it all went to pot, with him only managing a line of .250/.313/.414 in three partial, injury plagued seasons.

It seems unlikely that anyone would take a chance on the now-34 year-old Tulowitzki, even at league minimum prices. If so, it is an unfortunate end to a once extraordinarily promising career.

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.