This is not a major trade, but you don’t have to look too far down the old blog board today to note that not a ton of baseball stuff is happening. Anyway: The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Tyson Ross and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Athletics. Heading to Oakland: lefty Andrew Werner and infielder Andy Parrino.
Ross was injured and ineffective in 2012, posting a 6.50 ERA over 73 and a third innings. He’ll probably be a swingman in San Diego, but whatever he does, there is no better place for a pitcher to try to reestablish himself than Petco Park. At least that was the case before they moved the right field fence in, so we’ll see how that goes next year.
Kirby-Jones is a 24 year-old prospect who hasn’t played above A-ball. Wener is a swingman. Parrino is a utility guy at best. But it’s something.
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.