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Kyle Gibson signs with Rangers for three years, $30 million

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The Texas Rangers have signed free agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million deal.

Gibson suffered from ulcerative colitis in 2010 but still tossed 160 while striking out 160 batters for the Twins, for whom he has worked his entire career. He posted a 4.84 ERA last season but a 3.62 ERA in 2018.

He’s a durable guy who would fit right into the middle of the rotation for most clubs and should help the Rangers’ staff improve considerably.

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.