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Cubs designate Carlos González for assignment

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Veteran outfielder Carlos González has been designated for assignment, the Cubs announced Saturday. In a series of corresponding moves, left-hander Cole Hamels has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, as expected, while minor league relievers Dillon Maples and Rowan Wick have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

González, 33, inked a minor league pact with the Cubs at the end of May. Several years removed from the impressive .290+ batting averages and 2.0+ fWAR he produced with the Rockies, the outfielder struggled to find his footing in Chicago and slumped toward a .175/.306/.300 batting line with three extra-base hits and a .606 OPS in just 49 plate appearances for the team.

Despite his waning productivity at the plate, this may not be the end of González’s time with the Cubs. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the team would reportedly prefer that he take a minor league assignment in Triple-A Iowa if he clears waivers. Should that happen, it’ll be his choice to remain with the club or enter free agency and seek employment elsewhere.

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.