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Angels claim Brian Goodwin off waivers from Royals

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The Angels announced on Wednesday the club has claimed outfielder Brian Goodwin off waivers from the Royals. The Royals released Goodwin on Monday. The Angels designated pitcher Jesus Castillo for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Goodwin, 28, has a career .769 OPS in 502 plate appearances spread out across three seasons in the big leagues. He had a tough spring, however, batting .116 in 43 at-bats.

The Angels will be without Justin Upton to start the season due to turf toe, so Goodwin will provide some outfield depth.

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.