Scott Schoeneweis signs with the Brewers

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Scott Schoeneweis struggled with depression following the death of his wife last May, but was able to successfully return to the mound in September and this afternoon signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers.
An autopsy later revealed that Schoeneweis’ wife (and the mother of his four children) passed away from an overdose of cocaine and lidocaine. After taking some time off he rejoined the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in mid-June, but understandably wasn’t himself and eventually was placed on the disabled list with depression.
Schoeneweis returned to allow just one run in seven appearances over the final three weeks of the season and has long been an excellent left-handed specialist, allowing left-handed hitters to bat just .236, .204, and .178 against him from 2006-2008. He’ll compete to be the second southpaw in Milwaukee’s bullpen and the 36-year-old should be a good fit, with an $800,000 salary waiting if he makes the team.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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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.