This isn’t quite on the level of the reported Alex Rios deal, but the Royals announced today they signed right-hander Yohan Pino to a one-year, major league contract. Exact terms aren’t yet known.
Pino, who turns 31 later this month, made 11 starts for the Twins this past season and posted a 5.07 ERA and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. He had a 2.47 ERA and 72/24 K/BB ratio in 73 innings over nine starts and seven relief appearances in Triple-A. The move gives the Royals some rotation depth at the very least.
In order to clear a spot for Pino on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated right-hander Casey Coleman for assignment. The 27-year-old has compiled a 5.72 ERA over 26 starts and 32 relief appearances in the majors, including a 5.25 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio over 12 innings this past season.
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.