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Yangervis Solarte to sign with Japanese team

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Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that utilityman Yangervis Solarte is going to sign with a Japanese team. It’s not known which team he’s signing with, but he has the contractual right to opt-out of his minor league deal with the Marlins to sign in Asia, and Frisaro is hearing that that’s what he’s doing.

Solarte signed with the Marlins in early June after being designated for assignment by the Giants in May. That DFA came after he hit a mere .205/.247/.315 with six extra-base hits and seven RBI across 78 plate appearances for San Francisco. He was hitting .314/.345/.451 at New Orleans. He hit .226/.277/.378 for the Blue Jays last year and has not been an above-average MLB hitter since 2016.

So, yeah, sounds like a pretty good move for the guy.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.