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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.

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.