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Report: Padres willing to deal Hunter Renfroe


Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres “are willing to part with” Hunter Renfroe. In fact, he says “virtually every position player” on the Padres except for Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Fernando Tatis Jr. “can be had.” Renfroe, though, seems to be a likely trade candidate, he says.

Renfroe might not have a long-term fit in San Diego given that they have a number of outfield options but he might be attractive for a contender lacking on outfield power. He has hit 26 homers each of the last two seasons and already has 18 homers in 2019. The on-base percentage is not good — .291 at the moment and that’s pretty much where he always is — but pop is pop, right? He’s also under team control through 2023.

The Padres are in fourth place in the NL West, 13 games back of the Dodgers. That’s not necessarily shocking as, despite all of their offseason moves and their young talent, they seemed to be at least a year away regardless. Why not try to leverage whatever they can in order improve for the long term.

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.