Kyle Davies was arrested day before release from Royals

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While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious.  It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder.

Except apparently he could.

Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star reports.  The Royals released Davies the next day to make room for catcher Salvador Perez on the 40-man roster.

Royals GM Dayton Moore denied knowing anything about the charges in advance of the decision to release the right-hander, saying he didn’t find out until Thursday afternoon.  Davies, though, ackowledged the incident.

“I embarrassed myself and my family,” he said. “I made a foolish mistake. I’ll learn from it, and I’ll get past it.”

Davies was in Florida rehabbing a sore shoulder and wasn’t expected to rejoin the Royals until September.  He was 1-9 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 starts for Kansas City this season.

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.