The Detroit Tigers released veteran infielder Josh Harrison today.
Harrison has been out since late May due to hamstring surgery. Before that he hit a dismal.176/.219/.265 over 36 games. He’s been on a rehab assignment of late and the Tigers had to choose whether to bring him back or send him off and they’ve clearly decided to go with younger players.
Harrison, 32, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Tigers this past offseason. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone picks him up for the stretch run given that he’ll make a prorated baseball minimum wage the rest of the way out.
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.