Great Moments in Twitter: Buster Olney blocked Jon Heyman

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This is kind of funny. Yesterday it was Buster Olney who broke the Carlos Lee trade. Jon Heyman was not aware of it, however. This series of tweets came an hour after Buster broke the news:

Hearing #marlins to get carlos lee. Believed to be sending a minor leaguer or 2 to houston

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Matt dominguez is one of prospects discussed in carlos lee trade talks. Not confirmed yet who astros are getting tho

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Sorry, didn’t realize it was out there. @Ken_Rosenthal reported carlos lee trade. Its for rasmussen and dominguez.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Sorry I guess it was buster who broke the carlos lee story. I didn’t realize that since he blocked me long ago. My bad.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Given that Heyman makes a habit of blocking everyone who looks at him funny (myself included) — and a lot of people who have done absolutely nothing to him — I find this pretty amusing.

Now, how about everyone grows up, realizes that no one is above criticism and stops blocking other people like petulant children so that we may all have a nice full conversation about the game we all like.

The Royals are paying everyone. Why can’t all of the other teams?

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Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.

The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.

Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.

While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.

Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?