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Yankees acquire Kendrys Morales from Athletics

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The Yankees announced on Tuesday the acquisition of 1B/DH Kendrys Morales and cash from the Athletics in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga has been transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL to create room on the 40-man roster.

Morales, 35, was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday. He had a disastrous start to the 2019 season, batting .204/.310/.259 with a lone home run and seven RBI in 126 trips to the plate. Morales, however, had a solid year for the Blue Jays last season, posting a .769 OPS with 21 homers across 130 games.

The Yankees just lost Miguel Andújar back to their already crowded IL. Morales could get some regular at-bats as the DH, with the Yankees betting that his slow start to the season is simply a fluke. It’s a low-risk, potentially medium-reward move for the Yankees, as the Athletics are on the hook for the remainder of his $12 million salary minus the prorated major league minimum.

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.