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Indians sign Brad Miller to one-year deal

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The Indians inked free agent infielder Brad Miller to a one-year contract on Sunday, the team confirmed. In a corresponding move, Danny Salazar was shifted to the 60-day injured list as he continues to recover from right shoulder surgery last summer.

Miller, 29, agreed to a minor league pact with the Dodgers in February, but opted out of the deal on Thursday before getting a big league deal with Cleveland. The veteran middle infielder completed his last major league assignment with the Rays and Brewers in 2018 and logged several starts at first base, second base, shortstop, and DH while batting a cumulative .248/.311/.413 with seven home runs and a .724 OPS through 254 plate appearances.

While it’s unlikely that Miller will return to the 30-homer, 2.0+ fWAR totals of seasons past, he should make a serviceable replacement for either second baseman Jason Kipnis or shortstop Francisco Lindor, both of whom were temporarily shut down with calf injuries earlier this month.

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.