On Wednesday, the Rays acquired 1B/OF Brian O'Grady from the Reds in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster for O’Grady, the Rays designated 1B/DH Jesús Aguilar for assignment.
Aguilar, 29, was acquired from the Brewers at the trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Jake Faria. Between both teams, Aguilar hit .236/.325/.389 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI over 369 trips to the plate. It was his worst offensive season since becoming a regular in 2017.
1B/DH types have certainly seen their value decline in recent years, so Aguilar may have to settle for a relatively cheap one-year contract — potentially as a part-time player — to rebuild his value.
O’Grady, 27, played in 28 games for the Reds last year as a rookie, posting a .720 OPS. With Triple-A Louisville, where he spent most of his season, he compiled a .909 OPS with 28 homers across 112 games.
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.