Oliver Perez has made a career-high 65 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season and now they’ve shut down the 32-year-old left-hander with a “dead arm.”
Perez has pitched well in the first season of a two-year, $4.25 million deal, throwing 57 innings with a 2.86 ERA and 70/21 K/BB ratio for his third straight strong campaign following years of struggling as a starter. He had a sub-2.00 ERA before recent problems.
Perez told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that he’d like to pitch again before the end of the season, but manager Kirk Gibson seems unlikely to give him the ball again, saying:
He’s not hurt. There’s just not much coming out. He’s got a dead arm. He hit a wall.
Perez had back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 6.00 for the Mets and then didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2011, but since returning as a full-time reliever he’s got a combined 3.04 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 139 innings.
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.