Tigers re-sign shortstop Everett for one year

Leave a comment

Content to stick with their same shortstop situation, the Tigers have re-signed free agent Adam Everett to a one-year deal.
Everett was believed to be seeking a raise from $1 million to the $3 million range, even though he hit just .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats last season. The Tigers received superior production from the arbitration-eligible Ramon Santiago, who hit .267/.318/.386 in 262 at-bats, but they don’t view him as an everyday shortstop.
Everett is likely to continue logging the majority of the time at the position. He’s not when he used to be with the glove — he was almost certainly the game’s best defensive shortstop in his prime with the Astros — but he’s still clearly above average. Of course, he has to be in order to carry his bat. The 613 OPS last season was his best mark since 2006. He’s a career .245/.297/.351 hitter.
Update – FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says Everett will make $1.55 million next season.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

Getty Images
10 Comments

Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.