Player owner John Fisher said on Friday that he had “made a mistake” and would pay the organization’s minor leaguers their allowance of $ 400 per week for the remainder of what would have been a typical minor league season. These players will also be paid retroactively for this week.
The A’s had informed their minor leaguers on May 26 that they would not be paid after May. The organization suffered a backlash because of this, a feeling that only grew when they became the only team to make such a decision.
Many – including A’s own minor league players – thought it would have a huge impact on Oakland’s ability to sign undrafted free agents after this year’s shortened draft.
The A’s have already laid off about two-thirds of their player development staff and the vast majority of their scouts, but Fisher – who is worth $ 2.2 billion, according to Forbes – has now set up an aid fund for these employees on leave.
“After spending the past few days listening to important feedback from our fans and others, we will immediately start paying our minor league players,” Fisher said in a team statement. “These players represent our future and clearly our decision not to pay them was a mistake. The truth is that we made the wrong decision, and I apologize to our minor league players and others involved. “