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CC Sabathia is trying to sell Gerrit Cole on the Yankees

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CC Sabathia was on his podcast the other day and he talked about how he’s been lobbying Gerrit Cole to sign with the New York Yankees. Which could be effective given that he has some special insight to the whole thing.

Sabathia, like Cole, is from California. When he was a free agent after the 2008 season there was widespread speculation that he preferred to sign with a California-based team. A seven-year, $161 million contract offer from the Yankees persuaded him to head to The Bronx instead.

Sabathia said that a similar approach could do the same for Cole, who is also suspected of preferring to head west:

“if you give that motherf***er enough money, he’s going to want to come here.”

Seems simple, eh?

I dunno, maybe Cole has no desire whatsoever to come east or to join the Yankees. But Sabathia’s example is probably worth remembering if the Yankees don’t seriously engage Cole. It’ll especially be worth remembering if they don’t engage him and claim that Cole’s presumed lack of a desire to come to New York is the reason.

Because they know darn well that, if you offer a motherf***er enough money, they might just change their mind.

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.