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Yankees option Clint Frazier to Triple-A

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The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster for recently-acquired slugger Edwin Encarnación, The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reports. Frazier said the news was a “tough pill to swallow,” per Adler.

Frazier went 1-for-5 in Sunday’s 10-3 win over the White Sox. He owns a .283/.330/.513 triple-slash line along with 11 home runs, 34 RBI, and 25 runs scored in 209 plate appearances on the season.

Along with Encarnación, the Yankees are expected to get Giancarlo Stanton back on Tuesday and Aaron Judge could return within the week as well, so Frazier’s spot on the roster was anything but guaranteed.

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.